Seven documentaries will be screened for free at the DMZ Docs Korean Festival in the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI), May 14 to 15.
This is the Philippine leg of the DMZ International Documentary Film Fest, sponsored by the DMZ Docs and the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines. It will be held at the UPFI Film Center – Cine Adarna.
The film festival will open on May 14, Tuesday, with “Old Marine Boy” which tells the story of a North Korean refugee who escaped to South Korea and became a deep-sea diver at the border. The film portrays the courage of a man who fights with his life for his family 30 meters down underwater. Watch the trailer below:
It is followed by “Myeoneuri: My Son’s Crazy Wife” which tells the story of a man whose wife and mother have always argued in their three years of marriage, and “Family in the Bubble” which documents the life of a middle class family’s life after it was changed following the Asian financial crisis.
The second day will feature “Coming to You, Minu” (the story of a Nepalese migrant worker who was denied entry in Korea to represent his country in an international fair), “Encounters with Silence” (A Filipino-made documentary about lonely deaths in Japan), “Quadrilaterals” (hardships of an OFW parent whose children are also leaving the country hoping for a better life), and “Call Her Ganda” (the political struggle of women against gender violence following the murder of Jennifer Laude).
There will also be a special forum about Korean-Philippine Documentary on the same day.
DMZ Docs is an international film festival first held in South Korea in 2009. The name was taken from the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula between the north and the south. It is also considered a place of dialogue between the two countries.
The event is free and open to the public; however, those interested will have to fill an RSVP Form.