In 2012, the first dolphin trial took place in Korea at the Jeju District Court. The fate of 6 dolphins, Jedol, Chunsam, Sampal, Taesan, Boksoon, and Haesoon who were caught from the Jeju offshore and forced to be on the dolphin shows at Pacific Land and Seoul Grand Park. While the trial was dragging on as Pacific Land lodged appeals, Haesoon died at Pacific Land. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled favorably on the dolphins. And Seoul City made an announcement for ‘the zoo without the dolphins’ and decided to send Daepo and Geumdeung back to the sea. Daepo and Geumdeung have been on the show for 20 years after they got caught when they were young. Many people who have worked at the different positions and have different thoughts, including a dolphin trainer, a dolphin liberation movement activist, a ecologist who researches dolphins, and many others, get united to execute the project of freeing the dolphins. It’s a challenge that you can’t predict the result, for the dolphins and the people as well.
Doonchon apartment complex in Seoul, which opened in 1980, is scheduled for demolition in 2018. Residents are worried about the future of cats living in a peaceful neighborhood. For cats who freely lived at apartment complexes, the reconstruction is a great threat to life spaces and life. Residents gather for the migration of cats. And the time of parting is approaching. In the brutal demolition process, can residents help cats to escape the apartment complex safely?
At the end of metro line four stands a city known as the ‘workers city.’ Workers' rights movement was prominent in the 80s and 90s and Mother settled down while being part of the movement. She raised her children like raising flowers in a desert. Her life changed completely when she lost her daughter. She isolates herself and grieves alone. Suffering from trauma, she does not know if she can live any longer. She wants to live and wants to live well without feeling lost in the universe. How many more years must she endure? Grieving mother’s another step towards life.
“Can I forget those memories? Do I have to be better?” In March 2017, the ferry Sewol finally reveals its face after 1,073 days of being underwater. Civilian divers who brought up about 200 bodies in the poor conditions head to the venue where the ship is. On its way, they say that they have something to tell. Divers stand before a camera and ask, “Will I be really okay?”
Nadia is 12 years old. She and her friends live in the trash village. They spend 17 hours a day collecting plastics from the trash mountain. Most of their daytime activities, including sleeping and eating, occur in the mountain. Their families owe money from the trash mountain boss and collecting trash that worth something is the only way to repay the debt. In this inequitable system, it is only the boss who becomes richer while the families’ debt never gets smaller. One of Nadia’s friend even lost his arm in the mountain because he approached too close to the excavator while attempting to collect ‘good’ trash. There is no promise for better future in the mountain. Nadia wants to become a doctor. It is apparent to Nadia that she won’t be able to go to a college and live up to her dream in the mountain. She has to, somehow, escape the mountain and pursue a path that will take her to better life.
Kim Hyun-ok, 14th mayor of Seoul, constructs roads throughout the capital city Seoul with a catchphrase: ‘The City is a Line’. Bugak Skyway, Namsan Tunnels, Seoul Station overpass, Riverside Highway to North, Sewoonplaza and Yoonjungje (river banks) were constructed under his regime. He also directed numerous constructions of footbridge, underpasses and overpasses which were described as the frameworks for the city of Seoul. Many people criticized his tyrannical system, but he did not mind. The construction of a civic apartment was suspended on April 8, 1970 due to the Wawoo apartment collapse accident. Mr. Kim stepped down from the mayor for this accident.
For 25 years, Japanese journalist and photographer ITO Takashi has been tracing the lives of North Korean “comfort women”. His report reveals outrageous truths about the survivors of Japan's wartime sexual slavery through their voices. You’ll never silence the voice of the voiceless.
As feminism boom rose recently in Korea, new feminism groups were born in a row: One of them is ‘Flame Feminist Action’. Its issue highlights women’s body and sexuality, especially making social actions for pro-choice, menstruation, etc. These feminists protest by using shocking and showing strategies like shaving their hairs, letting their armpit hairs, and taking off bras in public. But it ended up in layoff and criticism in their routine. Even though they took an action for their better life, there is no way for them to reluctantly wear a cap on their shaved head for living. Furthermore what they faced in their activity is serial arguments and conflicts, following after an arrangement committee for forming a feminist party whose value is even equality and diversity, ironically. What was worse is that one feminist ran out from the meeting with skepticism. Eventually, they ended up in a starting point question: ‘what makes a woman’. As feminism says ‘Be yourself’! Can they be themselves against self-censorship and internal struggles?
She had to give up her son for adoption before, and after 40 years of separation, her son returns home and decides to live with her because his mother is dying soon. The problem is that she only speaks Korean, while her son only speaks English. They want to get compensated for lost years so much that they often go back 40 years when she had to give up her 3-year-old son for adoption. The middle-aged son acts like a baby for her, while his mother tries to take care of everything about him. He doesn’t know how much longer she could live, but until his mother stays with him, he has many things to do for her.
Sun-bin Lim, Gyeonggi intangible cultural asset, has been making traditional drums for 56 years despite his hearing impairment and paralysis of the lower body. His last wish is to make a grand drum with his lifetime know-hows and skills and to pass them down to his son, Dong-guk Lim, who is also his apprentice. Sun-bin is now ready to complete his grand drum with his son. However, Dong-guk can never understand Sun-bin’s obsession for traditional drums, which doesn't pay but gives a hard work. Meanwhile, Sun-bin’s life has been enduring suffers to come to where he is now. Sun-bin doesn’t like his son who never tries things hard enough. These two very different people are now trying to reach for one sound.