Following the recovery operation of massacre during the Korean War, <206 Unearthed> shows how humans keep record and forget own history.
At dawn on the 25th of June 1950, the Korean War broke out. Tens of thousands of people died and lost their family. Now, almost seventy years later, while leaders of the North, South and the United States discuss the possibility of peace, the full extent of the atrocities committed during the war remain unknown. But there are bones in the ground that can reveal what really happened during the war.
In 2005, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission(a.k.a. TRC) uncovered 168 unknown massacres. However, suspected political biases arose within the TRC and by 2010, the commission was dissolved. Haunted by the unsolved murders, these former investigators and the bereaved family restarted a project at an area called Bright Snow Mountain (Seolhwa san) to uncover the truth on their own. They suspect that at least 200 civilians were slaughtered at the mountain. As they dug into the ground, scorched black soil spilled out. Beneath the soil laid bones.
<206 Unearthed> focuses on the recovery operation of the massacre site while examining how we as humans keep record, collectively remember, and sometimes willfully forget our own history.
Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, HEO studied Broadcasting and Documentary filmmaking at the Korea National University of Arts. His first feature documentary, Remanent People, which delicately portrayed the desire of a family in the midst of redevelopment project in Seoul, was officially invited in the DMZ Docs and Seoul Independent Film Festival in 2012. His newest film, The Whispering Trees was screened at various film festivals including Busan International Film Festival 2017.
Sona studied Fine Arts and Social Sciences at Yonsei University. Her career in film production began with a Belgium-Korean co-production project, Reach for the SKY, where she was a production manager. She worked as a producer for Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno which screened in 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival and The Whispering Trees which invited in 2017 BIFFl. She currently has several feature documentaries in development and production.
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