Black Summer

A documentary about the 2019-2020 bushfires in Australia. Delving into the lives of the locals impacted and the affect it has had on the environment around them.

In this documentary we explore the life of people that have been affected by Black Summer, the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires. The locals, throughout a series of interviews, re live these mega bushfires and help us to understand how it has impacted their day to day life, but also the long term effect it has had on their future and the environment around them. Their stories and opinions explain first hand the negative affect we, as a population, are having on the world and climate.
An empowering story of the survivors that try to work towards a brighter future.

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    1 hour 12 minutes 50 seconds
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    November 1, 2020
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Director Biography - HAGYUNG KOO

I knew my real passion lay with videography, but due to the tight financial situation when I was growing up, I never really had an opportunity to further explore this passion.
I bought myself a camera 7 years ago and started making little videos and taught myself to edit better and better. When I started my final year at university, I was volunteering as a Korean teacher at a night school for a year, mainly educating old women whom were deprived their right to be educated after the World War and Korean War. The more I got to know them, the more I wanted to share the stories with others so I decided to make a documentary about the night school called <Blossom of Tomorrow, 2016>(20:35). Thanks to this documentary video, I fell onto a job opportunity as a in-house videographer for the Korean Culture Centre in Korean Embassy in China, mainly producing news clips. They were impressed by my profile and offered me an opportunity.
To work in China. I didn’t know any Chinese and I knew only little of the country but decided to make a jump for the unknown. I knew this was what I wanted to do, so being determined to work as a videographer, I taught myself Chinese to survive. I’ve worked there for around a year, building more experience in the field and decided to go off making documentaries for myself.
Being in Australia while the 2019-2020 bushfires happened, I knew I had to help out. I found out about BlazeAid and while helping the local communities, I was so touched and inspired by the stories of the local farmers that I knew I had to do something with this. That’s why I decided to make my first feature length documentary about them and the events they lived through.

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Currently I'm in Australia with my working holiday visa, mainly working in farms and taking videos and photos whenever I can.