David Freid / 09'11/ USA / 2016
The Hyowon Healing Center in Seoul, Korea takes an unorthodox approach to mental health issues — by simulating death for its clients. Groups of 30 or more individuals attend a regular seminar that includes activities like planning your own funeral, saying goodbye to your loved ones, and finally, as the lid closes on each individual’s coffin, an imagined facsimile of your own death.
Producers: Mor Albalak, Brian Patrick Murphy
Cinematographer: David Freid
Editor: Jeremy Carr
Associate Producer: Molly Mayo, Michelle Taylor
MEL Films Production
David Freid is a visual journalist, filmmaker and the Executive Producer and Director of MEL Films. Their work has recently been featured in The Atlantic, VICE, and The Today Show, among others. Before MEL Films, David worked with The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, and as a video journalist at Digital First Media.