This is a story of a fictional character, a girl who drowned in the Sewol ferry. She wakes up somewhere dark and goes back to her school, home and then finally to the port where she meets her dad and eventually confronts her own dead body.
The purpose of this project is to bring the Sewol ferry disaster into the light once again so people wouldn’t forget what happened, and would try continuously to find out what really happened, and why it happened. I want my character to speak in first person to create emotional resonance. People would see things from her point of view and be able to connect with a sense of loss, which is far bigger than an individual sense of loss.
Sewol ferry sank on 16th April, 2014 off the coast of South Korea, killing 304 people, mostly teenage students. The ship was over 20 years old and when the ship began to sink, the crew failed to evacuate the passengers. Nine bodies have yet to be found. The accident was a man-made error, due mainly to lack of safety awareness and training. Families held protests and vigils, but not much has been resolved since the sinking. This worst ferry disaster in South Korea is still a big grievance and distress to many South Korean people. If it goes on like this without resolving anything, the victims and families would spend the rest of their lives in the sense of national abandonment along with the long-lasting personal scars.