Striking, disturbing video story ‘In The Absence’

How terribly wrong is this. The Korean Sewol ferry, with 476 people on board, mostly secondary school children, is sinking and officials order rescue staff to put up a show. Which power structures, political games and personal interests disrupted a safe and acceptable aftermath of this tragedy? In the end 299 passengers died, as wel as 2 rescue divers. How terribly wrong.

Okay, that was the personal disbelieve and outrage.

‘In the Absence’ is a very well made piece of online video (could have been television too, by the way), done by director Yi Seung-Jun. The film uses footage shot by passengers in the vessel, audio clips of the communications between officials and rescue workers and impressive personal testimonials of parents of the perished passengers. The video was nominated for ‘best online video’ by World Press Photo 2019.

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