Magazine article Screen International

Korean Filmmakers Join Sewol Protest

Magazine article Screen International

Korean Filmmakers Join Sewol Protest

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More than 1,000 Korean filmmakers and actors, including Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Park Hae-il, have joined a declaration at Busan urging for legislation to ensure an independent special investigation into the Sewol ferry disaster.

Over 300 people are counted dead or missing, with 250 of them minors, as a result of the Sewol ferry sinking this past April.

Perhaps in the largest consolidated action comprising independent and commercial filmmakers as well as actors, the group has announced they will hold a variety of cultural events and activities at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in order to communicate their intent to the world's film community and audiences.

They started with a press conference yesterday (Oct 3) in front of BIFF's Busan Cinema Center and plan to hold one-person protest demonstrations, flash mobs and a petition campaign over the next fortnight. Yellow ribbons commemorating the lost are visible on participants' chests as well.

The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol

In related news, the festival has seen controversy over its selection of documentary The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol in its Wide Angle section. …

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