THE TRUTH SHALL NOT SINK WITH SEWOL
- LEE Sang-ho, AHN Hae-ryong
- Release(October 23, 2014)
- LEE Jong-in, LEE Sang-ho
- Running Time
- Festival & Review
19th Busan International Film Festival
5th Salaya International Documentary Film Festival
31th LA Asian Pacific Film Fest
29th Fukuoka Asian Film Festival
The media is busy inventing news, while victims remain silent
On April 16th, 2014, the ferry Sewol sank off in the southwestern coast of Korea. Only 174 out of 476 passengers managed to escape. While covering the story, the journalist LEE Sang-ho learns of ‘diving bell’, a rigid chamber which enables the divers to stay underwater much longer. When a diving bell arrives at the scene on April 20th, the Coast Guard does not permit them to deploy the diving bell. Four days later the diving bell is called back to the harbor by the demands of the missing ones’ families. Meanwhile the media makes haste to report the diving bell which never had a chance to hit the water as a ‘failure’. Why did the Coast Guard stop it from being deployed? Why has been the mainstream media so biased against the diving bell?
As a leading Korean journalist in investigative reporting, LEE Sang-ho received the Journalists Association of Korea’s ‘Journalist of the Year’ award in 2005 for his report on the ‘Samsung X files’. He graduated in business administration from Yonsei University in 1993 and received an M.A. in political science at the Graduate School of the University in 1995. The same year, he entered one of Korea’s three major broadcasting companies, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation(MBC), as a reporter of the News Division. Working his way through many subdivisions within the News Division, including those of social affairs, political news, foreign affairs and unification, he specialized in investigative reporting through in-depth report programs such as Camera on the Move, Current Affairs Magazine 2580 and Media Reviews.
He worked on numerous exclusive news reports including ‘tracking down former president CHUN Doo-hwan’s slush funds’, ‘corruption in military supplies’ and ‘broadcasting company bribe connections’ which earned him several awards such as the Korean Mass Media Club’s grand award in 2000 and four MBC Exclusive News Report awards. He received a PhD in political science at Yonsei University in 2008 for his research on ‘Media and International Relations’, then spent his post-doc at the University of Georgia’s Center for the Study of Global Issues the following year, and gave a one-semester lecture on ‘journalism in Korea’ at Journalism School in UC Berkeley upon completion of his post-doc. Since 2012, he has been running and producing news programs for his nationwide people’s Internet broadcast Balnews and news portal service GObalnews. The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol is LEE Sang-ho’s debut feature as a filmmaker.
A documentary filmmaker, photographer, exhibition coordinator and the head of freelance journalist group Asia Press International’s Seoul office, AHN Hae-ryong worked extensively in multiple fields spanning video and photo art, and text. From 1995, he has been video and photo documenting Japanese comfort women victims from Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines.
He directed a number of documentaries broadcast on KBS(Korea), EBS(Korea) and NHK(Japan) which include Silent Crying: The Voice of Korean Military Sexual Slaves by Japan(2003), Girls from the North(2003), A Dandelion in Toyohashi: A Diary of a Korean Teacher in Japan(2004) and Where is Full Moon(2012). His feature documentary on the elderly Korean-Japanese Sin-do SONG, who was forced into serving as a comfort woman to the Japanese military, My Heart is Not Broken Yet: A Story of a Korean Comfort Women in Japan(2007) was theatrically released in Korea in 2009. He is currently working on photo and video art documentation works on history and nationalism education to Korean-Japanese, and Japanese war relics with any Korean involvement.