Planet of Snail DVD

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Details: Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since childhood. As he puts it himself, &quotIn the beginning there was darkness and silence, and the darkness and silence were with god....

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Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since childhood. As he puts it himself, &quotIn the beginning there was darkness and silence, and the darkness and silence were with god. And when I arrived, they came to me.&quot Young-Chan has no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. He marries her and learns to communicate with the outside world through her. By softly tapping each other s finger, they can understand one another; it is sometimes as if they are tenderly playing a piano.This documentary follows the couple in the same gentle tempo as Young-Chan moves through his life. We see them replacing a lightbulb together, receiving friends, working on a theatre piece, reading a book, and gliding on a sleigh down a mountain. These everyday scenes are accompanied by a poetic voice-over by Young-Chan, in which he reflects on his existence without sight and hearing. He feels like an astronaut, but that doesn t mean he is without a sense of beauty in the world. This becomes palpable when Young-Chan touches the bark of a tree, runs his hand through sand, or brushes raindrops on a window pane with his fingertips.Awards and Accreditations: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, Best Feature-Length Documentary 2011

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