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Time of Seeds

SEOL Suan

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 101 min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

A gaze into the lives of the farmers who have been saving the seeds passed down for ages. Their daily work is in the end the arc of what we're losing now. There are people who look for the seeds preserved by their special labors. The cycle, in the end, doesn't end that easily. 

PROGRAM NOTE

Seol Suan, the director known for her short documentaries including Complicated Order (2007), which questions life as a vegetarian, and Kungfu Tea (2017), which explores the ambivalent emotions regarding tea culture, shifts her focus to the land of farmers. Time of Seeds documents the changes in the land by the 24 solar terms, observing the labor of elderly farmers who harvest seeds from crops. In a time when different generations who have other agricultural methods and different food coexist, the elderly farmers continue their work, donating the harvested seeds to preserve native species. The camera collects evidence of the “hardships of harvest up” close instead of exhibiting the “joy of harvest from” afar. The film captures the scenes of elderly farmers bending their bodies while planting seeds, burning garlic fields, and stomping on corn to collect the kernels. It slowly and repetitively shows the laborious nature of the harvest as if eloquently arguing for the film’s flowing pace. In another aspect of the film, researchers collect native seeds. The film inserts their conversations to assist understanding and nature sounds, such as the chirping of a cuckoo bird, that leave a lasting impression. As a result, viewers quietly understand the significance of the elderly farmer’s “Sae-am (spring water)” mentioned at the end. The way the film shows mirrors its subjects. [NAM Sunwoo]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
123 2023-08-25 | 19:00 - 20:41 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5
304 2023-08-27 | 10:00 - 11:41 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 4 GV

Director

  • SEOL Suan

    Seol Suan received a master degree in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London. She made short documentaries including Complicated Order (2007), God Will Take Care of It? (2010), and a video installation, Kungfu Tea (2017). Time of Seeds is her first feature length documentary.

Credit

  • Producer황혜림 HWANG Hei-rim
  • Cast 윤규상, 장귀덕, 이경희, 변현단, 백수연 YOON Gyusang, JANG Gui-deok , LEE Kyunghee, BYUN Hyundan, BAEK Soo-yeon
  • Cinematographer 이희섭 LEE Hee-seop
  • Editor 유지수 YOO Jisoo
  • Sound 표용수 PYO Yong-soo

CONTACT

SEOL Suan | suanseol@gmail.com