UNFINISHED STORY, a co-production of KBFD, is a documentary about the first generation of Koreans who immigrated to Hawai‘i 120 years ago. Ever since the first group of 102 Koreans arrived, Korean immigrants have been rooted as members of this community. Korean immigrants also had a special mission, devoting themselves to strive and politically foster independence of their homeland from Japanese occupation. With the money earned from working in sugarcane plantations, Koreans raised funds to support the court-defense of an independence activist who fought against Japanese colonial rule. Furthermore, they established schools and organized self-governing bodies to strengthen their Korean identity. However, their efforts are not well-known to the world.
This film is a record of two years of searching for these unfinished stories. It is a process of finding the names of those who sacrificed for their homeland, and identifying them to the world. Finally, this film is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the Korean independence movement in Hawai‘i, whose efforts otherwise would have been lost forever.
PLAYS WITH: SONGS OF LOVE
DIRECTOR: Jinyoung Lee Won
100여 년 전 하와이에 거주한 5,600여명의 한인들 중 3천여 명의 성인 대다수는 조국 광복을 위해 (장인환, 전명운 재판경비와 안중근 재판경비 지원금, 독립의연금, 3.1운동 참가 부상자를 위한 지원금, 한글학교 운영 지원금 등) 각종 독립운동 자금을 지원하기 위해 헌신적인 삶을 살았다. 하지만 3,000여명의 한인들 중 대한민국정부로부터 그 공로를 인정받은 사람은 100여명에 불과하다. 존재하지만 실존하지 않는 인물, 주연 못지않게 많은 역할을 하고도 묻히거나 잊혀진 사람들. 다큐멘터리 ‘흔적’에서는 대한민국 독립을 위해 헌신했던 미주한인들의 삶을 재조명하고 무명 독립 영웅들을 찾아가는 과정들을 따라가 보고자 한다.
Jeong Tae Lee, Byung Choon You
Jeff Chung, Edward Shultz, Duk Hee Murabayashi
Seung-Woo Kim, Family of Patrio Yoo Dong-myun and Mary Yoo, Family of Patriot Ahn Won-kyu and Ahn Jung-song, Family of Patriot Kim Soo-chun, Family of Patriot Kang Tae-sun
Seung Kyu Ha, Dong Soon Lim, Eric Kim
Presented as Part Of SONGS OF LOVE + UNFINISHED STORY