To Koreans, the ‘president’s 7 hours’ refers to the seven hours in the morning of April 16, 2014, when over 300 souls were lost in the sea. What was the president doing during those hours? However, the film President’s 7 Hours does not focus on clarifying the president’s whereabouts on the day the Sewol ferry tragedy occurred. Instead, it goes back a long time in history to inquire into the mentality of the president who did nothing in that desperately important time and to understand why PARK Geun-hye could not but become the kind of president she was. The film traces her life back to the 1970s, when the leader-follower relationship began between PARK, who became the first lady of the Yushin regime, and CHOI Taemin, the leader of a pseudo-religion. It then examines the Sewol ferry incident, CHOI Soonsil Gate, candlelight rallies, and finally the impeachment. This ‘investigation into the people who dominated PARK Geun-hye’s dreams and time’ according to Director LEE Sangho paints a ridiculously absurd picture for the Republic of Korea in the 21st century, complete with hypnosis and people appearing in dreams to prophesy the future. President’s 7 Hours gives us a chance to look back on the past seven years that Koreans lived through. (KANG Sowon)
He is currently a documentary director and representative of Alternative Media, Gobal News. He is a journalist who has worked as an exploration journalist for public broadcasting for MBC for 20 years. He holds a Ph.D. in International Politics from Yonsei University and taught at UC Berkeley′s Graduate School of Journalism. He made his debut with Diving Bell, the first documentary about the Sewol 2014 tragedy. In 2016, he released the documentary Suicide Made and Blacklist, which accused the blacklist of culture.