SAVE MY SEOUL
Directed by Jason Y. Lee
Eddie and Jason, two Korean-American brothers get in over their heads when they are called to South Korea to make a short film on prostitution and sex-trafficking. Things get complicated when they meet Crystal and Esther, two prostitutes who reveal just how deep the problem goes and set off on a dangerous mission to capture the truth. With the use of hidden cameras and access to pimps, johns, and sex-workers, the filmmakers explore and unravel the complexity of the sex trade in Seoul. They learn that this problem is rooted in issues far deeper than exploited girls and lustful men. Instead, it’s a consequence of a culture and government that turns a blind eye to and condones the biggest human injustice of our time.
The director and other crews think it is a mission to create an honest documentary that explores the many layers of this complex issues. Making this documentary was difficult as sex and prostitution are very sensitive topics that Koreans are not comfortable sharing about. However, this film was completed to pay tribute to the brave girls who shared their stories in hopes of making a difference. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a degree in management, Jason founded Jubilee Project a purpose-driven digital media company in 2010. He is an avid social entrepreneur, having worked with the Clinton Foundation and Bain & Company. Jason has previously written and directed over 20 short films, and this is his first feature-length film.
Screening made possible by: KoreanAmericanStory.org; Asian American Bar Association of NY (AABANY)