2015-Competition, Borders of the Senses
South Korea, 2014, 100’
Editing: Seung-jun Yi
Photography: Seung-jun Yi
Music: Andreas Miranda
Sound: Andreas Miranda
Halk Eğitim Merkezi, Friday 10:00- 12:00
Synopsis: What would life be like if you’re born deaf and blind? The 19-year-old South Korean girl Yeji is barely able to communicate. She and her mother have been together for years, but at last Yeji has been admitted to a special school for the blind. Yeji and her mother are very close indeed, so it’s a tense time for both of them. After all, Yeji’s mother is the only one who knows how much her daughter enjoys being in the car and loves the sense of weightlessness in the sea. But explaining everyday things to Yeji is difficult. How would you let her know that suddenly pulling off her pants isn’t okay, or that there’s no reason to be scared of leaving fingerprints? This fly-on-the-wall documentary records Yeji’s daily life, and we see from the very first scene just how strange that life can be. Lacking key senses means the most mundane matters can be a very different prospect: some are intensified while others aren’t even experienced. There is no commentary as we watch Yeji in her safe surroundings. Instead, we hear her mother reading aloud from her journal, telling of the experiences, fears and dreams surrounding her disabled daughter.
Director: Seung-jun Yi is a filmmaker and has made over a dozen of documentaries for both TV and cinema for the last decade. Among them is “Planet of Snail” (2012) that has won multiple awards including IDFA’s Best Feature Length Documentary and Silverdocs’ Sterling Award for Best World Feature. As a filmmaker, Yi has always been interested in the connection between underrepresented individuals. His next film, which was supported following a successful pitch at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, debuted in competition at IDFA in 2014. Echoing his previous work, it chronicles the relationship between a doting mother and her deaf and blind teenage daughter.