Donggoecha Island, South Korea (October 2017): The After the Sewol team visits Donggoecha, the island closest to where the Sewol Ferry sank on April 16, 2014.
Donggoecha Island, South Korea (October 2017): The After the Sewol team visits Donggoecha, the island closest to where the Sewol Ferry sank on April 16, 2014.
The team hikes up to a hill top on the island. There is no road, only an overgrown, narrow path.
The team hikes up to a hill top on the island. There is no road, only an overgrown, narrow path.
The path turns into a bamboo forest...
The path turns into a bamboo forest...
...lined with Sewol ribbons along the whole way.
...lined with Sewol ribbons along the whole way.
The sinking point of the Sewol Ferry is seen from the hill top at a distance of 1.6 km. The parents of the Sewol victims set up several tents – all carried up the hill on their backs – in this spot in September 2015, with some always present and watching the sea until the ferry was raised in March 2017.
The sinking point of the Sewol Ferry is seen from the hill top at a distance of 1.6 km. The parents of the Sewol victims set up several tents – all carried up the hill on their backs – in this spot in September 2015, with some always present and watching the sea until the ferry was raised in March 2017.
Inside one of the three tents on the hill top, which is decorated with ribbons, drawings and writing.
Inside one of the three tents on the hill top, which is decorated with ribbons, drawings and writing.
Neil George, the film's director, and Han Kyul Kim, the producer and cameraman, hide inside a tent while filming with a drone, so as not to appear in the footage. This particular tent was used by Sewol parents for eating and sleeping, with blankets from the Korean Red Cross, empty containers of food and similar items providing lingering evidence of the people who once stayed there.
Neil George, the film's director, and Han Kyul Kim, the producer and cameraman, hide inside a tent while filming with a drone, so as not to appear in the footage. This particular tent was used by Sewol parents for eating and sleeping, with blankets from the Korean Red Cross, empty containers of food and similar items providing lingering evidence of the people who once stayed there.
A yellow spider weaves her web in one of the three tents set up by Sewol parents, with photographs of the Sewol aftermath lining the tent’s wall behind it. With the lookout now abandoned, nature is slowly taking is over. Strangely enough, much in the place is yellow – the colour of the Sewol remembrance ribbon –: this one spider and others, as well as flowers growing nearby.
A yellow spider weaves her web in one of the three tents set up by Sewol parents, with photographs of the Sewol aftermath lining the tent’s wall behind it. With the lookout now abandoned, nature is slowly taking is over. Strangely enough, much in the place is yellow – the colour of the Sewol remembrance ribbon –: this one spider and others, as well as flowers growing nearby.
Flying the drone.
Flying the drone.
The ajumma hosting the After the Sewol team chats with Han. Like most island residents – all elderly – the ajumma grows and preserves part of her own food.
The ajumma hosting the After the Sewol team chats with Han. Like most island residents – all elderly – the ajumma grows and preserves part of her own food.
Most island residents work with the sea. When the Sewol Ferry sank, some of the fisherpeople – faster to approach the accident site than the coast guards – pulled bodies of victims from the water, something that still haunts their memories.
Most island residents work with the sea. When the Sewol Ferry sank, some of the fisherpeople – faster to approach the accident site than the coast guards – pulled bodies of victims from the water, something that still haunts their memories.
Han makes ramyun.
Han makes ramyun.
After some cajoling, the ajumma joins the crew for the dinner feast she prepared.
After some cajoling, the ajumma joins the crew for the dinner feast she prepared.
The island's only connection to the mainland is a ferry that arrives – weather permitting – once a day, bringing essential items and picking up fish and seaweed that the islanders sell to earn their living.
The island's only connection to the mainland is a ferry that arrives – weather permitting – once a day, bringing essential items and picking up fish and seaweed that the islanders sell to earn their living.
Somewhere on the Yellow Sea (October 2017): It's a trip of almost three hours back to the mainland, so the team relaxes and sleeps on the ferry.
Somewhere on the Yellow Sea (October 2017): It's a trip of almost three hours back to the mainland, so the team relaxes and sleeps on the ferry.
Jindo, South Korea (October 2017): Yellow ribbons at the port of Jindo.
Jindo, South Korea (October 2017): Yellow ribbons at the port of Jindo.
A quiet scene at the port.
A quiet scene at the port.
Children play innocently on the memorial walkway at the port.
Children play innocently on the memorial walkway at the port.
Ansan, South Korea (November 2017): The After the Sewol team films at the Memorial Hall in Ansan. The majority of victims – teenage students – were from this city.
Ansan, South Korea (November 2017): The After the Sewol team films at the Memorial Hall in Ansan. The majority of victims – teenage students – were from this city.
Four actors enact scenes for the documentary.
Four actors enact scenes for the documentary.
Ansan, South Korea (November 2017).
Ansan, South Korea (November 2017).
Ansan, South Korea (November 2017).
Ansan, South Korea (November 2017).
It's a cold, cold day and YuJin, one of the actors, puts a heat patch on the director's freezing hands.
It's a cold, cold day and YuJin, one of the actors, puts a heat patch on the director's freezing hands.
Neil and Seogu try to fix the drone after it crashes into a tree.
Neil and Seogu try to fix the drone after it crashes into a tree.
Testing the drone – it works again.
Testing the drone – it works again.
YuJin walks along the autumnal trees.
YuJin walks along the autumnal trees.
Remembrance ribbons are tried to trees near the Memorial Hall. The hall was dismantled after a memorial service on the 4th anniversary of the Sewol's sinking.
Remembrance ribbons are tried to trees near the Memorial Hall. The hall was dismantled after a memorial service on the 4th anniversary of the Sewol's sinking.