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The development craze to swept through the Yongsan-gu area of Seoul pushed tenants whose livelihoods had been dependent on the business they did there out onto the streets. A select few built a watchtower on the top of the ‘Namildang’ building to fight for their rights to survive. Then the ‘Yongsan Incident’ occurs where 5 residents to be evicted and a special forces agent are killed as a result of the violence wielded by the authorities. The camera follows the voices of the elderly women who say they lost their homes but gained comrades and learned how to fight.
After the tragic disaster at the demolition site in Yongsan district 4 on January 20th, 2009, Korean people realized that they could be put on the street at any point, and be burned to death under the oppression of governmental authority. And they felt anger. However, now when the skyscraper of the civil engineering and construction covers the sky in Yongsan, it seems that not many people remember this disaster that happened only two years ago. The Story of Namildang in Yongsan is a documentary recalling a fading memory. However this documentary tells us about the people who still live there rather than focusing on those who passed away at Namildang. Director OH Doo-hee, who participated in this solidarity struggle not as a documentary director but as an activist puts the acute realistic awareness and respect on the scenes of struggle into the film through cameras even though her commentaries seem unrefined at times.
The documentary, which captures the delicate situations with misunderstanding and distrust occurring within in one boundary, describes women’s beautiful solidarity in Namildang and drives the story forward by criticizing the situation where the value of a struggle is only taken seriously when matters of life and death are concerned. In addition, the film calls upon us to remember that there were people not only on the watchtower but also in the alley of the district 4. This film also warns that if nothing has changed other than portraying these women in Yongsan district 4 as fighters, then witnessing another tragedy such as this one would be inevitable. (LEE Hyuk-sang)
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OH Doo-hee explains that she often fights against the police, and so she carries her camera to gather evidence of the illegal oppressions posed by police forces. When someone suggested OH to film a documentary about Yongsan, she doubtlessly thought it was her job. OH said this work would be the first and last one for her.