My film will follow Korean advocacy groups and individuals who are actively working in order to spread the word about this island, sometimes in more extreme ways. My film aims to explore why these individuals and groups are passionate about the island and what drives them to carry out this cause.
Each person has a unique journey, including a woman who lived there for years with her father, a former North Korean student who speaks publicly in order to keep it South Korean land, and a farmer who spends his spare time aggressively campaigning for the island in both Korea and Japan.
Dokdo will show the Korean perspective, but it will not take sides on the land dispute. I will explore the differences in generational opinion of this subject and the relationships between them. To examine any international dispute, there needs to be a human understanding. My film will capture the complex history and emotions tied to this piece of land. The film will not be about who’s right and who’s wrong, as there are deeper emotions and issues at play. Dokdo represents the pursuit of a national identity in a historically conflicted region, and the passing down of ideas from one generation to the next.
Risks and challenges
We are filming on location in South Korea with limited time and resources. The crew is mostly made up of graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin. International airfare and living expenses while in Korea will make up a large part of our budget. Thank You for your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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