Understanding the important legacy of the Korean War in creating a strong democracy, economy, and alliance between the United States and Korea is often difficult for students and teachers to envision. Very few Americans have a true understanding of what modern Korea looks like and what it has accomplished. For many, the only images they have seen from Korea are of military parades and poor living conditions in North Korea. To deal with these misconceptions, a classroom friendly 20 minute documentary will be produced that summarizes the legacy of the Korean War and uses poignant moving images to show students modern South Korea.
About the Filmmaker
Sultan Sharrief is a filmmaker, educator, and social entrepreneur. His interest lies at the intersection of art and community impact. His directorial debut film, Bilal’s Stand, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Since then he’s worked on two other feature films, is a guest instructor at the University of Michigan, and more recently attended the Sundance Virtual Reality lab and the Oculus Launch Pad program. He’s finishing a youth reality show for PBS national called Street Cred, which will air in the spring 2017. It features Detroit Youth learning entertainment producing and business skills. He’s developed projects in LA, NY, and often returns to Detroit to shoot creative projects for the national audience.