Ahn Hae-ryong

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Ahn Hae-ryong
Born1961 (age 56–57)
OccupationDocumentary filmmaker
Korean name
Revised RomanizationAn Hae-ryong
McCune–ReischauerAn Hae-ryong

Ahn Hae-ryong (born 1961) is a South Korean documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. Ahn is an Asia Press writer and focused on the forgotten history of Korea by travelling in East and Southeast Asia.

Ahn's documentary film My Heart Is Not Broken Yet (2009) documents a "unconventional" World War II victim, a former comfort woman Song Sin-do, who becomes something of a star in Japan while filing a lawsuit against the Japanese government.[1]

But he truly made his mark in 2014 when he released what was the year's most controversial documentary The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (2014), drawing criticisms from the government when it premiered at the 19th Busan International Film Festival and kicked off a massive debate about censorship in Korea. The film is a journalistic account of the Sewol ferry disaster – using audio recordings, news clips and interviews – to convincingly assert that the government were grossly negligent in their recovery efforts, which claimed the lives of over 300 people earlier that year. It won Grand Prize at the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival in 2015.[2][3][4]



  1. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (18 March 2009). "Comfort Woman Film Touches Japan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  2. ^ "AHN Hae-ryong". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  3. ^ Bateman, Conor (29 January 2016). "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (dir. Lee Sang-ho and Ahn Hae-ryong, 2014)". www.fourthreefilm.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  4. ^ Borowiec, Steven (8 October 2014). "Documentary about Sewol ferry sinking roils South Korea film festival". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-02-12.

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