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2nd North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival

September 11, 2012

NKnet is pleased to invite you to our second North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival in Seoul on September 20-21, 2012. There will be new films, documentaries, animation, and commercially made films. This year’s films are from South Korea, Japan, and the US, and the festival’s themes are:

• Journey To Freedom & Human Rights (Refugees) / 자유와 인권을 향한 여정 (탈북자 인권)
• Those Who Have Not Returned (Abductees) / 돌아오지 않는 사람들 (납북자)
• Get Rid of the Barbed Wire (Political Prison Camps) / 철조망을 걷어라 (정치범 수용소)
• NGOs Films By Invitation (초청전)

All films and the opening ceremony are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Several of the films will have English subtitles (see below). Please check this page for any last-minute changes.

한국어 / Information in Korean



Opening Ceremony (at Seoul Station Plaza)

Thursday, September 20, 7-9 p.m.

Officially starts at 7pm, but there will be a pre-ceremony performance at 6:30.

– singer and former North Korean refugee, Lee Mi Ran
– screening of Save My Family (혜원아! 규원아!) – 13 min.
– former North Korean refugee Kim Ji Eun (who appears on Channel A’s show, On My Way to Meet You), will sing a song she learned from her grandmother, who was born in South Korea but lived most of her life in North Korea
– film festival declaration
– soprano Im Sung Kyu
– screening of Traveler from the North (여행자) – 40 min.

Various South Korean film directors including the director of Crossing will attend. There will be no English translation provided for the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony ONLY will take place at Seoul Station Plaza.
Seoul Station (lines 1 & 4), exit 1
(see smilie face on first map at this link — use this map ONLY for the opening ceremony, directions for the rest of the festival are near the bottom of this page)



Film Schedule (at Film Forum)

    Thursday, September 20

    Screen 1 (approx. 100 seats)

14:00~14:40 I Will Still Leave (그래도 나는 탈북한다)
15:40~16:40 The People’s Crisis (USA)
17:00~17:20 Save My Family (혜원아! 규원아!)
17:40~19:00 On the Border 2 (천국의 국경을 넘다 2)

    Screen 2 (approx. 50 seats)

14:00~14:40 Megumi (메구미 – Japan)
15:00~16:40 Albatross (알바트로스)
17:00~17:40 I Will Still Leave (그래도 나는 탈북한다)

    Friday, September 21

    Screen 1 (approx. 100 seats)

11:00~12:10 Engaged (약혼)
13:00~13:40 The Lady & the Concentration Camp (숙녀와 수용소)
14:00~14:30 Megumi (메구미)
16:00~17:10 Engaged (약혼)
17:30~18:10 Traveler from the North (여행자)
18:30~18:50 Save My Family (혜원아! 규원아!)
19:00~19:40 Traveler from the North (여행자)
19:50~20:30 A talk with Lee Won Sik, director of Traveler from the North (‘감독과의 대화': ‘여행자’ 이원식 감독)

    Screen 2 (approx. 50 seats)

11:00~11:20 Save My Family (혜원아! 규원아!)
11:30~12:10 I Will Still Leave (그래도 나는 탈북한다)
12:30~14:10 Albatross (알바트로스)
14:20~15:00 Traveler from the North (여행자)
15:40~16:40 The People’s Crisis
17:00~18:20 On the Border 2 (천국의 국경을 넘다 2)
18:40~19:20 The Lady & the Concentration Camp (숙녀와 수용소)
19:30~20:40 Engaged (약혼)
20:40~21:50 Engaged (약혼)



Films


Journey To Freedom & Human Rights (Refugees) / 자유와 인권을 향한 여정 (탈북자 인권):


Traveler from the North (여행자), 2012

Director: Lee Won Sik
English subtitles: Yes
Approx. running time: 40 minutes
View trailer for Traveler from the North
This film received financial support from the film festival.

Description: About a North Korean single mother defector and how she deals with the hardships she faces as she settles down in South Korea.


Engaged (약혼), 2012

Director: Kwon Sun Do
English subtitles: Yes
Approx. running time: 66 minutes
View trailer for Engaged
This film received financial support from the film festival.

Description: While depicting some of the horrible things North Korean refugee women often fall prey to in China, this feature film weaves recent headlines into a gripping tale that stretches across three countries.


On the Border 2 (천국의 국경을 넘다 2), 2011

Produced by: The Chosun Ilbo
English subtitles: No
Approx. running time: 80 minutes

Description: One of the episodes of the sequel to On the Border, this documentary tells the story of a North Korean defector, Young Soon, who tries to get the rest of her family who are back in the North to join her.



Those Who Have Not Returned (Abductees) / 돌아오지 않는 사람들 (납북자):


Megumi (메구미), 2008

Director: Omori Hidetoshi
English subtitles: No
Approx. running time: 30 minutes
Watch English version online (several other languages available here)
Watch 20-minute documentary about Japanese abductees

Description: An animated work from Japan based on the true story of a Japanese girl who was kidnapped by the North Korean government.


Save My Family (혜원아! 규원아!), 2012

Director: Kim Sang Mi
English Subtitles: No
Approx. running time: 13 minutes
Watch Online

Description: The division of the two Koreas has brought great pain to people until this day. This film depicts the story of the ‘Daughter of Tongyeong’, Shin Suk Ja and her two daughters, Hae Won and Kyu Won. It portrays the painful history of the division of the North and South and the separation of the family from their father, Dr. Oh Kil Nam, as he hopes to be reunited with his family. Recent developments are covered, including a North Korean official’s response to a UN request for information on the whereabouts of his family.



Get Rid of the Barbed Wire (Political Prison Camps) / 철조망을 걷어라 (정치범 수용소):


Albatross (알바트로스), 1996

Cast members include: Cha In Pyo, Lee Jung Jae
Director: Lee Hyuk Soo
English subtitles: No
Approx. running time: 104 minutes

Description: Cho Kyung Min (Cha In Pyo), a second lieutenant in the South Korean army, is captured as a prisoner of war by the North. After the armistice is signed, he anticipates being repatriated back to the South but the North Koreans shows no interest in the agreement. Kyung Min twice attempts to escape, but fails both times and ends up experiencing inhumane repression at a prison camp. This movie dramatizes the life of first lieutenant Jo Chang Ho.


The Lady and the Concentration Camp (숙녀와 수요소), 2012

Director: Lee Da
English subtitles: Yes
Approx. running time: 38 minutes

Description: Despite the abuses they suffer, prisoners from a concentration camp in the North do not lose hope for freedom and plan their escape in order to find an elephant.



NGOs Films By Invitation (초청전):


The People’s Crisis, 2012

Director: Ryan Downer
Produced by: LiNK (Liberty in North Korea)
In English with Korean subtitles
Approx. running time: 54 minutes
View trailer for The People’s Crisis

Description: LiNK’s documentary offers a comprehensive overview of the North Korean people’s crisis, features interviews with North Korean refugees who have escaped, their journey to freedom, expert analysis, and insight into some of the grassroots changes happening inside the country.


I Will Still Leave (그래도 나는 탈북한다), 2012

Director: Park Sun Rye
Produced by: Open Radio for North Korea
English subtitles: No
Approx. running time: 36 minutes

Description: On February 12, 2011, 31 North Korean refugees attracted the attention of the Korean and international communities. The hopelessness reflected in their eyes behind prison bars cannot be forgotten. Despite international appeals to China stop their forced repatriation, these 31 refugees still ended up being sent back to the North. Refugees who have been forcibly face all sorts of torture, malnutrition, forced labor, illness and public execution by firing squad. However, despite suffering severe oppression and constant surveillance, attempts to defect never cease. For what reason do these people continue to defect whilst knowing the terror forced repatriation brings? What is it that makes these people risk their lives and cross the river to the other side? This documentary features defectors’ testimonies about the reality of North Korea’s regime and its infringements on human rights, as well as their desire to live and be free by attempting to defect one more time.



Directions to Film Forum

(Do not use these directions if you are going to the opening ceremony, which is at Seoul Station Plaza.)

The Film Forum is located next to Yonsei University and across the street from the back gate of Ewha University. It’s just to the right of and below Jessica’s Kitchen, a popular restaurant in the area.

From Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (line 3):

The easiest and fastest way to get to the Film Forum if taking the subway is via the Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (line 3). Walk straight from exit 1 about 2-3 minutes to the city bus stop (past the airport bus stop). Take bus 272 or 606 just three stops. It is the second stop after you go through two tunnels. After the second tunnel you will go down a hill and pass a Starbucks on your right (the bus usually makes a stop here). After you pass the Starbucks, ring the bell and get off at the next stop, which is Ewha Womans University Middle School (이대부중). You will see Jessica’s Kitchen (large, green sign). The Film Forum is just to the right of Jessica’s Kitchen — enter the building on the right and go down the stairs to the movie theater.

From Sinchon Subway Station (line 2):

Walk straight from exit 3 (toward Yonsei University) for 50~100 meters to the bus stop (in front of a cosmetics store). Take the 7024 bus a few stops to the Ewha Womans University Middle School (이대부중) stop (it’s the second stop after turning right in front of the Yonsei University main gate). When you get off the bus, walk up the slight hill about 100m to a large crosswalk. Cross there and continue to walk up the hill another 100m until you see Jessica’s Kitchen (large, green sign). The Film Forum is just past Jessica’s Kitchen; enter the building and go down the stairs to the movie theater.

By bus

Many, many buses stop very close to the Film Forum. Use the following bus stops:

• Ewha Womans University Back Gate (이대후문) – in the middle of the road
– Westbound (toward Yonsei’s front gate): 76, 470, 601, 672, 710, 750A, 750B, 6714, 7737, 770, 6011
– Eastbound (toward Gyeongbokgung): 567, 272, 470, 601, 606, 672, 673, 700, 707, 710, 750A, 750B, 6714, 7716, 7737, 770, 6011
– From the bus stop, cross toward the cafes and walk UP the street ~100 meters to Jessica’s Kitchen (large, green sign). The Film Forum is just past Jessica’s Kitchen; enter the building and go down the stairs to the movie theater.

• Ewha Womans University Middle School (이대부중)
– Westbound (toward Yonsei’s front gate): 567, 272, 606, 673, 751, 7017, 7024
– The bus stop is in front of Jessica’s Kitchen (large, green sign). The Film Forum is just to the right of Jessica’s Kitchen — enter the building on the right and go down the stairs to the movie theater.



– This year’s film festival was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.
– Thank you to Lauren Kwon for translating the film descriptions.

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