Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Ushiku" awarded Top Prize in Asian Category at Festival in Korea

The 13th DMZ Docs took place from September 9th – 16th, 2021 in Goyang City and Paju City, Gyeongii Province, Korea. DMZ Docs is one of leading international documentary film festivals in Asia and aims to provide opportunities for Korean and Asian documentary filmmakers by promoting ‘peace’, ‘life’ and ‘communication’.

At the closing ceremony, held on September 16, Ushiku received the Asian Perspective Award, the top prize in the Asian Competition. When presenting the award, Director Lee Soojung, a judge on the Asian Perspective panel, said:

The awarded documentary, “Ushiku,” is a documentary that uncovers the confined secret lives of refugees in Japan that face harsh reality amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics, and the Japanese government’s uncompromising refugee deportations.

The documentary uses the limitations in filming as its cinematic medium, drawing the audience into reality and making it an issue for all. Through this, the film demonstrates the power of documentaries.

DMZ Docs HP:
Link to full closing ceremony:

I was extremely honoured to receive this same award in 2015 for my film "-1287" (STORY). 

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