A Forgotten People: The Sakhalin Koreans is a devastatingly powerful film. Directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, this documentary tells the story of the 40,000 Koreans, many forcibly conscripted to work as laborers by the Japanese and subsequently forgotten by the rest of the world. Kim-Gibson allows the oral histories of the survivors and their family members to drive the narrative and co-opts a Japanese promotional film used to recruit Korean laborers to tell her story of Japan’s atrocities. Their longing for home leaves you shattered in grief.
This film was presented as part of a retrospective of Kim’s work organized by Korean American Film Festival of New York.