May 2016


Sewol: The Truth Shall Not Sink - Upside Down

Friday 06.05.2016 7:00 PM | Saal

Admission: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Korea-Verband e.V.

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SEWOL: The Truth SHALL Not Sink

2 Years After the Sewol Ferry Disaster
Film screening and discussion with the parents of the victims

The event will be translated from Korean into German and German sign language!


Exactly two years ago, on 16 April 2014, the passenger ferry Sewol sank in the Yellow Sea off the coast of South Korea. Here 304 passengers were killed, 246 of whom were senior pupils of Danwon High School who were on a school trip. The Sewol disaster marked a turning point in Korean society as confidence towards the state had almost completely diminished. The truth about the accident and the failure of the rescue operation are still not understood. The survivors are fighting for the truth to ensure the security and cohesion of society for the future. 

Following our successful launch event "The Truth Shall Not Sink - South Korea's Investigative Journalism on the Rise", the documentary film "Upside Down" will now be screened on 6 May 2016. A remarkable film, that soberly, objectively and yet sensitively traces the tragic event of Sewol. For the subsequent film discussion, we will be welcoming a mother and a father who lost their children in the Sewol tragedy and have invited two relatives of the victims of the shipwreck Estonia (1994) to join us. With the support of numerous guests like you in attendance, these parents will be emboldened to continue the long struggle for justice.

Trailer "Upside Down" (2016) by Kim Dong-bin:


The event "The Truth Shall Not Sink" will be held on the two year anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol ferry, which occurred on 16 April 2014. The tragedy of Sewol revealed the dark side of a social system that - due to a lacking sense of responsibility of senior officials, the enforcement of non-transparent practices and the belief of profit-oriented thinking - weakened the proper functionality of the interlocking subsystems. In addition to the more than 200 deaths, citizens are also victims of the state who cannot find peace as long as the truth is not revealed about the accident. South Korea's national tragedy of the sinking of the Sewol ferry highlights a case study for investigative journalism, without which the calls for justice by the bereaved of the Sewol victims would have otherwise faded away, unheard, in the competitive sphere of public media.


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Korean snacks and drinks will be served.

More articles can be found on the website of Korea-Verband e.V..

This event is a cooperation between WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN and Korea-Verband e.V..

Sponsored by: SOLIDARITY OF KOREAN PEOPLE IN EUROPE and numerous private donations.



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