Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2006 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Not Guilty
Category Hyowon Fund
Project Not Guilty
Director KIM Hee Chul
Country Korea
Director's Profile After studying at Korea Military Academy for 2 years, director KIM Hee Chul left school to pursue his studies in Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. In 2001, he worked for the documentary team that collected testimonies of civilian massacres during the postwar days of the Korean War. In the same year, he made a documentary film titled [My Father] which was invited to Seoul Independent Documentary Festival. From a year from 2002, he worked in the production team of JoongAng Broadcasting Corporation`s documentary channels (History, Q Channel). In 2004, his film [The Gate of Truth] was the Opening Film of Seoul Independent Documentary Festival. The director is currently a film lecturer with Arts & Culture Education. with the documentary project [Not Guilty], he received development support from Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
In the underground interrogation room of the Agency for National Security Planning in the Spring of 1981, my mother, brother, aunts, uncles, and I became 7 resident spies from North Korea. The only evidential materials presented were one hammer that was supposedly used to break up things brought from the North and my mother`s broken radio. As soon as I returned home to Jindo Island after spending 18 years of imprisonment, people around me whispered among themselves that I am a communist while all of you avoided me. In the sincere hope to have the opportunity to talk with you, I send this letter to you.
Director's Note
In a world where the powerful one has the right to judge, the minority group always suffers from schizophrenia. For those who controlled the vested interests and ignored the truth, it may be just memories in the past. However, for those who had to become North Korean spies according to their script, the sadness of losing their whole life is still something that lingers in the present. In a society where one person`s agony becomes another person`s victory, could we all be our own selves?
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