0416, Four Years Later
A documentary movie on the Sewol Ferry
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On the 16th of April 2014, the Sewol Ferry caused huge shock not only to the citizens in our country, but those all around the world. 304 passengers were determined dead or lost among 476 people on board, as the ferry sank in the middle of the sea near Jindo. Even though four years has past since then, a lot of questions are left unresolved. (Click HERE to read more about the timeline of the Sewol Ferry). Facing the fourth year after this tragedy, a movie called The Day, The Sea was released on the 12th of April.
Focusing on the initial cause
This movie is divided into six chapters showing the process of the director and the journalist’s research. Through various reenactments in addition to 2D and 3D animation, the director scientifically and objectively approached the matter. Testimonies from the survivors and crew as well as restored video clips from CCTVs and black boxes were thoroughly examined along with the announcements the government made. The ship sank to the left even though they made a sharp left turn. According to the law of inertia (the force that can be easily experienced when our body is forced to the front when a bus makes a sudden halt), that is not possible unless there was another impact. The results of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is an automatic record made by the ship to show its location, had two different versions even though they were both given by the government. Making matters even more complicated, a recording of the crucial 20 minutes during the actual accident was somehow not saved.
Outside the movie
The process of data evaluation wasn’t the only obstacle the director faced. The protection of their own data also tormented the team. In the midst of the creation of this movie, there was an incident where the CPU of their cine-editor was damaged. “I had a fellow director making a documentary related to the Sewol Ferry who had the same experience as me. He had a CCTV in his room and saw a trespasser in a white mask bend their CPU, reassemble the machine, and walk back out again,” said Kim Ji-yeong in an interview outside. After that, a designated person had to take care of the reference room 24 hours a day for three and a half years. He even had to create a personal vault built into the wall to keep their data safe.
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