The documentary film “Breathing Sound of Female Divers” was broadcast on KBS1’s open channel for educational programs on September 21. It was written, directed and produced by Dongseo University students in the Department of Broadcasting and Media Studies. Credits included Lee Jin-bae (director), Son Yoo-jung (writer), Jeon Yu-rim (cinematographer), Kim Hyun-ji (cinematographer), Park Eun-ji (editor), and Kim Hye-ryeon (production supervisor). Professors Lee Jae-hye and Park Deok-cheon advised on the film’s production. The project was supported by the CK-1 project and the LINC+ project and produced as part of the Regional Treasure Restorative Operation (ReTRO).
The documentary tells the story of female divers in the Seo-gu district of Busan, which has a sixty-year-old tradition. The project began with the students’ awareness that female divers in Seo-gu district were receiving relatively less attention and support than female divers from other regions of Korea.
Director Lee Jin-bae explained that “There are currently only 22 female divers in Busan’s Seo-gu district who continue to make a living through diving. Most of them spend more than three hours diving every day, and many are over 80 years old. They are the last generation of Seo-gu female divers. By showing cultural contents of the Seo-gu female divers, we hoped to attract the attention not only from people in the Seo-gu district but from people everywhere so that they may visit Seo-gu and the female diver village.”
Professor Lee Jae-hye said, “This work resulted from the production of local contents in the Busan area as part of the IFS2 (In-School Field Study 2) class developed by the Department of Broadcasting and Media Studies. The IFS class is a collaborative project of students working together as directors, writers, cinematographers and editors. It is a joint effort that uses all our infrastructure capabilities including faculty, equipment and facilities. We hope this system will continue to produce high quality contents in future and help students improve their job skills while promoting local communities.”