Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2017 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Re-sound
Category Youngsan Fund
Project Re-sound
Director JEONG Il-geon
Country South Korea
Director's Profile Since 2004, he has been working on documentaries in Purn Production. He directed Daechuri War (2006), Memories of Daechuri (2009), and The Cloudy Bridge (2014). He recently co-directed Cruel State which dealt with the struggles after the Sewol accident and the struggles of the bereaved families, and which was released in 2015. After the April sinking of the Sewol accident, he participated in "416 project: Oblivion and Memory" with Stains (2016).
In 1975, at the family birthday party, the former Presidents Park Chung-hee and Park Geun-hye sang ‘Unrequited Love’ and ‘Saemaeul Song’. The president’s song spread across the nation on television and radio and became the sound that governed people's everyday lives. Then, in the spring of 2017, Korean-Japanese resident Yi Iyeon-hyeon brought to Seoul the 1978 original recording of MEARI singing group. In universities and industrial complexes, handwritten music and illegal tapes suggest a way to go for the folk music sprit instead of the music of dictatorial powers.
Director's Note
When I was a university student, there were two music worlds on campus. One was the folk and protest song that has led the student movement in the 80s and early 90s, and the other was Seo Tai Ji’s music. Although I didn't think it was futile to grab hold of the songs at the very end of the student movement, I think I thought it was better to be optimistic about the depression than to admit that I couldn't resist it. “Why did we fail?”, “What do we do about the songs?” These questions came to life with the candlelight protest and the president's impeachment. On the stage of the square, hip-hop music became the subject of a new mania, and the music that started and became the root of the story was played off and disappeared from one corner of Jongno area. During the period of time when every part of the day was used as a means of fighting, the song was tantamount to receiving a death sentence as a song. But, even in the era of the second worst, art fails to turn out to be artistic.
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