The NHRC will produce Korea" s first Human Rights Film.
Participating Directors: Gwang-soo Park, Chan-woo Park, Soon-Rae Lim, Gyun-dong Yeo, Jin-Pyo Park and Jae-eyun Chung
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is producing Korea" s first Omnibus human rights film. Directors Gwang-soo Park, Chan-woo Park, Soon-Rae Lim, Gyun-dong Yeo, Hyun-seung, Jin-Pyo Park and Jae-eyun Chung have agreed to participate in this " Human Rights Film Project." The directors will each film a short 10 minute film, and the outcome will be a sixty minute film scheduled for release early next year.
The NHRC is a national organization launched last 26 November 2001 to safeguard human rights by means of investigating and aiding human rights/discrimination victims, making recommendations to reform the human rights violating/discriminating laws, and promoting human rights education. The moto of the NHRC is " a world where people are treated as human beings." We have especially been interested in the violations on the minority.
The human rights situation in Korea has--especially compared to the age of the dictators--improved significantly over the last few years. However, in terms of human rights awareness among the general populace, there is a lot to be desired. Thus, the NHRC has been holding many various cultural activities as a means of advocacy. The NHRC had especially chosen the film format, acknowledging its accessibility to the public, and then asked those film makers who have, through their films, shown an interest in human rights. Six directors have agreed to participate in the project.
The subjects of films is " discrimination." This is because, although hitherto not discussed much in Korean society, it appears that discrimination will become one of the major issues in Korea, and the NHRC hopes that the film will contribute in raising the issue of discrimination in Korean society. The National Human Rights Commission Act lists 18 types of discrimination, including discrimination based on: sex, religion, disability, age, social standing, place of birth, nationality, ethnicity, physical (in) capability, marital status, pregnancy, familial relations, color of skin, political opinions, previous conviction, sexual orientation, and medical history. The six directors chose one of these grounds for discrimination for the subject of their films.
In France, in the early 90s, such famous directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Coline Serreau, Bertrand Tavernier, Chantal Akerman, and Costa-Gavras convened to make a human rights film called, (Contre l" oubli). Also the recent film (Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet) was jointly directed by world-renowned directors Victor Erice, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, Chen Kaige, Aki Kaurismi, Spike Lee, and Wim Wenders, under the subject of " time." Presently, in this year" s Venice International Film Festival, renowned directors Ken Loach, Shohei Imamura et al., revealed their joint film, <11" 09" 01 September 9th> about the September 11.
In Korea, although there have been a few human rights-related films in the past, there has yet to be a film dealing exclusively with human rights. Thus, the NHRC" s " Human Rights Film Project" is the first of its kind in Korean cinema. The NHRC hopes that the film will offer the viewers a chance to reflect on the importance of human rights.
The " Human Rights Film Project" will begin filming in October, when the scenarios are completed, and will finish filming by December. The Korean Film Commission has promised to pay the expenses for the film" s post-filming stage costs.