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Screening + Q+A: In the Absence

From the director / producer team that brought you Planet of Snail comes a documentary on the sinking of the Sewol:

In the Absence (2018)

with Gary Byung-Seok Kam (Producer)
6 February 2019, 7:15 – 8:30 PM
SOAS | Brunei Gallery Room: BG01 | Online Registration required

In the Absence poster

Grand Jury Award, DOC NYC 2018
Official selection, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2018

Produced by Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Directed by Seung-Jun Yi
Executive producer: Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision, USA)


Previous documentaries have been made about the sinking of the Korean ferry Sewol, in which more than 300 passengers and crew members lost their lives. But while other films concentrated on the attribution of guilt based on interviews with the people involved, In the Absence focuses entirely on the event itself, with video and sound recordings made on the day in question. It’s disconcerting to watch the disaster unfolding in meticulous detail, as it becomes clear that nobody is taking the lead to evacuate the passengers. Even more disturbing is the absence of a rescue operation as the ferry disappears beneath the waves.

The screening (29mins) will be followed by a Q&A with Producer Gary Byung-seok Kam.


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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