Writing to Reach You



Availability ended 11/11/2021 EDT
At least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26.4 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement. At a time when 1 in every 95 people on earth has fled their home as a result of conflict or persecution, understanding the refugee crisis has become important than ever. Writing to Reach You is a short documentary exploring the lives of 3 refugees living and trying to find new lives in South Korea. The 3 refugees, who come from very different backgrounds and countries share their lives before and after coming to Korea, in search of a better place in which to live.

Director Biography - Neil P George

Neil George is a film professor, producer, and director of several award-winning documentary films. He was born and raised in Exeter, England and has been living in South Korea since 2011 teaching film production at a media university as well as producing documentaries related to Korean society.

The producer and director of over 100 TV programs for Sky in the 2000’s he took the decision to move to Korea when offered an opportunity to teach documentary production at a media university near Seoul and has been there ever since. After moving to Korea he took great interest in society and culture and found a passion for human rights filmmaking. He produced the award-winning film, ‘While they Watched’ (2015), a film about North Korean defectors and then went onto to co-direct and produce the film, ‘Beyond the Picture; The story of Sohn Kee Chung’, a film about Sohn Kee Chung, the marathon runner who won the 1936 Berlin Olympic gold medal and the only gold medalist, to date, to never hear his own national anthem played whilst standing on the podium.

After completing this in late 2015 he moved onto produce and direct the award-winning documentary, ‘After the Sewol’ (2016) and has now spent over 3 years working on ’After the Sewol’ and his second film related to the Sewol tragedy, ‘Crossroads’. In 2018, he started a new project, in association with the UNHCR, ‘Our Journey’, which is a series of films exploring the stories of the Yemeni refugees who came to Jeju island seeking asylum and the factors behind why they escaped their country.


Directed by Neil P George

Written by Neil P George

Produced by Saegil Lee
Hankyul Kim
Heinn Shin

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