EST N8 Takes World Rights To Busan Competition Documentary ‘April Tragedy’

EXCLUSIVE: EST N8, the international finance, production and sales company launched by EST Studios and Bangkok-based N8 Studios, has acquired world sales rights, excluding South Korea, to April Tragedy (The Daughters Of That Day), directed by Koh Hoon. 

Produced by Junghoon Song, the film will receive its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival (October 4-13), where it is playing in competition in the Wide Angle section.  

The documentary looks at the aftermath and healing journey following two important but often overlooked events in world history – the Jeju 4.3 Uprising and Rwandan genocide tragedies.

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Koh Hoon previously directed feature films Eomung (2019) and Paper Flower (2020), with the latter film winning Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor at the Houston Film Festival. He holds a doctoral degree in Theatre and Film Studies from Hanyang University and his short film, Maheun (2018), was invited to Cannes. 

The deal for world rights was brokered by Tenten Wei and Sophie Shi of EST N8. The company will introduce the film to buyers at Busan and additional markets this year. 

Jaeson Ma, founder of EST Studios, said: “I aim to represent Asian culture in mainstream media the right way, and this documentary is an important step towards achieving that goal. Through this film, I hope to use media to change people’s perception about not only my skin color but also how they view these important, yet rarely featured, incidents in world history, and the impact they have on individuals like me.”

EST Studios current sales slate includes recently released Korean horror thriller Chabak, from producer Tiger Yeongseop Kim: Emmy-award winning director Jessica Q. Chen’s documentary Surf Nation; and 2023 Canneseries title Streams Flow From A River. The company is also producing K-Pops! directed by Grammy winner Anderson .Paak.

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