In Jeju Island, considered the Hawaii of Korea, an incident named "Jeju 4·3" killed about 1 in 10 people, under control of the U.S. military government, shortly after liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In this film, the children who survived the massacre 70 years ago testify with their drawings.
Combining documentary and animation, the film consists of the testimony of survivors who were young during the April 3rd incident and their drawings. These elements make the film more significant. Instead of showing the scenery of Jeju tainted with outcry and blood, it is full of the sound of insects, waves, boiling cauldron, and children playing with ropes. This makes it more frightening and poignant. It was 9:30 in the morning. Just an ordinary day. Suddenly, a baby started crying when metals penetrated the room window. The uninvited guests dragged people out of the house and lighted a fire in broad daylight. Fires had blackened the sky. Testimonies are very detailed in May·JEJU·Day. Survivors remember the color of buttons in the military uniform, their faces, and the thin ice on the blood-stained ground glittered like jewels in the sunlight. They say that even after 70 years, they vividly remember the inferno like yesterday when they close their eyes. It is aching to hear them saying they are grateful to survive the incident. They haven’t received any apology. Where are the people who hurt them so badly? (KIM Mijo)
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