Movie on Sewol Tragedy to Be Produced
D-Bo , July 14, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
According to a report by the Yonhap News Agency, a private committee is attempting to raise money to produce a documentary of the tragic ferry Sewol which capsized off of the coast of Korea on April 16 killing nearly 300.
The committee said it hopes to collect donations of about 400 million won (US$393,000) from the public to produce the movie in time with next year's first anniversary of the deadly accident. The low-budget film will delve into corruption in South Korean society, which is widely cited as one of main causes behind the tragedy, the committee said.
The ferry disaster triggered collective soul-searching in South Korea where safety is often overlooked by regulators in cozy relationships with their former colleagues in the private sector. The committee said the documentary, to be directed by Yim Jong-tae, is scheduled to be completed by April 16 next year.
The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank off the country's southwest coast on April 16, leaving 293 people dead, mostly high school students on a field trip. As of Friday, 11 people remain unaccounted for.