Neil P. George is a film professor and award winning human rights filmmaker from Exeter, England, currently living in South Korea since 2011.
The producer and director of over 100 TV programmes 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 the society and culture and found a passion for human rights filmmaking and he has produced 4 feature length documentaries on human rights and social issues including Crossroads, After the Sewol.
In 2015, he produced the award-winning film, ‘While they Watched’, 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 spent over 3 years working on this as well as his second film related to the Sewol tragedy, ‘Crossroads’ (2017). In 2018, he started a new project, in association with the UNHCR, ‘Our Journey’, 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. Three of the films, Hope, Passion and Family recently screened at DIAFF (Diaspora Incheon Film Festival).