Witnesses to Democracy: The Journey of a Mother and a Photographer


See the gripping new documentary, Witnesses to Democracy, followed by an onstage panel discussion with UA Journalism Professor Kim Newton; filmmaker Man-jin Kim from the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation in Seoul; UA East Asian Studies Professor Sunyoung Yang; and UA East Asian Studies Professor Nathaniel Smith.

Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals.  Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

The documentary Witnesses to Democracy: The Journey of a Mother and a Photographer tells the story of three people brought together by the tragic killing of college student Lee Han-yeol, who’s death propelled the South Korean Democracy Movement in June 1987.  The story follows the mother of the slain student, Eunshim Bai, and the coverage of the 1987 June Uprising by Photojournalist, now University Arizona Journalism Professor, Kim Newton, and his return to South Korea in the midst of a modern-day social uprising. During his return, after a thirty-year absence, he encounters subjects of his photographs taken more than 30-years ago and records a country experiencing the success of their earlier fight for democracy. (Dir. by Man-jin Kim, 2018, South Korea, in English and Korean with English subtitles, 60 mins., Not Rated)