As you might remember, a movie about the life of a priest was released a few years ago. The title of the movie was Don't Cry, Tonj. It was the story of Father Lee Tae-seok, who devoted his life to help people overcome poverty, diseases, and war in South Sudan. Father Lee has built schools and hospitals in Sudan to help those who suffered from diseases such as malaria and cholera. However, after receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2008, Father Lee passed away in 2010 at the age of 48.
The movie Resurrection is, as the name suggests, the second documentary film directed by Soo-hwan Goo about the life of Father Lee and his disciples who have seen him as a role model. The movie featured about 70 disciples of Father Lee, who work in various professional groups, including journalists, doctors, pharmacists, and government officials in Sudan. Among them, 47 students are the medical staff, who followed Father Lee in respect of his love and devotion.
The movie Resurrection shows explicitly that Father Lee is still, and will always be, with us, simply through sharing his devotion and passion. It shows us how poor people are suffering in South Sudan, but it also introduces his disciples' lives and how they manage to overcome the situation.
"I want to be a true doctor who not only treats external wounds but also treats the hearts of suffering patients like what Father Lee did," says one of the disciples in the movie. John Mayen Ruben and Thomas Tabanacott, who are also Father Lee’s disciples, are completing their internships at Busan Paik Hospital affiliated to Inje University. They plan to return to Sudan once they finish their studies to help their homeland as it suffers from poor medical conditions and civil war.
Another disciple of Father Lee's, Asunta, is also featured in the movie. Asunta studies at his school and later comes to Korea with the help of the Lee Tae-seok Foundation. She graduates in 2019 and returns to Sudan to help girls, who are suffering in society as a result of poor women's rights, to study more comfortably.
However, it was regrettable that the story mostly focused on how much Father Lee was influential to the people in Tonj and his disciples. The movie may have benefitted from focusing on how much his disciples made an effort to overcome challenges to follow Father Lee’s teaching and how they made it. The movie tells us that it takes everyone's continuous attention and support as much as one person's sacrificial dedication to help even one person lead a successful life and change the world.