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Levi Patel 'Last Letters' by Nils Clauss

David Knight - 5th Jan 2017

Last Letters is a crossover of a music video and documentary, made by Seoul-based director Nils Clauss with music artist Levi Patel, which tackles a heartbreaking subject: the Sewol ferry accident in which 304 out of 476 passengers - mainly schoolchildren – and crew died, on April 16th 2014.

Clauss's approach is to allow the relatives of the young victims to express their feelings, in a way that neither glosses over or sentimentalises their grief, or entertains the concept of closure. Nevertheless, Last Letters is a rewarding experience. It is a tribute to the dignity of the bereaved, in the face of national tragedy that has become a national scandal, due ot how the South Korean government handled the disaster.

"Nine of the victim's bodies have never been recovered while the government failed to retrieve the shipwreck to carry out a full investigation," explains Nils Clauss. "It was not an easy project, but I really hope that this film speaks to the families, but also makes a bigger international audience aware of this dark day in Korean history." 

David Knight - 5th Jan 2017

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Production/Creative

Director
Nils Clauss
Producer
Kuiock Park
Production Company
CONTENTed FILMS

Camera

Director of Photography
Nils Clauss
Focus Puller
Seongil Lee

Editorial

Editor
Nils Clauss

Grading

Colourist
Nils Clauss

Other credits

Sound Mixer

Levi Patel

Graphic Designer

In-Ah Shin

David Knight - 5th Jan 2017

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