AFTER THE SEWOL
Directed by Matthew Root, Neil George
On April 16, 2014, South Korea is convulsed by the sinking of MV Sewol. After days, weeks and months that followed the tragedy, the country became undone, untrusting, and more divided than ever. AFTER THE SEWOL explores the changing faces of this nation through the eyes of two British filmmakers. They talk with the victims’ relatives, rescue divers and activists about their struggles and battles since this tragic accident happened, and embark upon a journey to uncover how this accident came about. By looking deep into Korean history, they try to find out why no action was taken to prevent it in the first place. They travel across Korea, encountering all kinds of people — the elder generation struggling to create a safer place for their children, and the young, vibrant citizens fighting for a corrupt-free society. Their paths vary, but they are all searching for the same thing: the truth of the Sewol tragedy.
Directed by British filmmakers, this documentary presents South Korea’s social problems from an unusual perspective. It explores the causes to the problem from not only current political landscape but also the cultural context. For Koreans, the special emotion hen always exist in their collective memory. Hen is a kind of complicated emotion which means both regret and hate. When such a tragedy happens, they are naturally caught by this emotion, and forced reflect on the history and culture of their nation.
Screening made possible by: KoreanAmericanStory.org; Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS)
Matthew Root is a sound designer turned director who has worked on numerous productions since moving to South Korea in 2011. In Korea, Matthew has worked with clients such as Reebok, Angle Magazine, The Daegu Compass and The Discovery Channel.
Neil George is an award winning producer, director, director of photography and editor with over ten years of experience and has over 100 credits to his name as producer, director, editor or DP. This film is his third feature documentary since his moving to Korea in 2011.