Join us for a special screening of 'The Defector' and a discussion with a North Korean resettler. This suspenseful documentary, filmed undercover by award-winning Korean-Canadian filmmaker Ann Shin, follows a human smugglers leading defectors escaping North Korea. Their perilous journey reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China.
Ann Shin illuminates her intimate access with three North Korean individuals in this POV film and explores universal questions about human rights, smuggling and the pursuit of freedom. The film was recently awarded Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (Canada's Academy Awards). The documentary trailer and more information about the film can be found the official movie website here: http://www.thedefectormovie.com/
Following the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A session with a North Korean resettler who recently made a journey through China to South Korea, as documented in the film.
*All NKHR Rescue Fund events directly fund the rescue of North Korean refugees. 100% of your donation will be used to help North Korean refugees reach South Korea safely. For more information about the Rescue Fund, visit our website: http://www.nkhrrescuefund.org/.
Entry Fee: Free, with a suggested donation of 10,000.
Receive a set of coffee mugs as a thank you gift with an additional donation of 10,000 won or more.
When: Saturday, April 25, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Where: Chungshin Girls School, Kim Maria Building
(Annie Ellers Hall)
1st Floor Auditorium
Sports Complex Station (Line 2, Exit 3)
By Sohee Khim, NKHR intern and volunteer
On Saturday April 11, 2015, NKHR Rescue Fund hosted director Kim Gyoo-min for a screening of his film ‘Winter Butterfly’ and discussion of the film.
‘Winter Butterfly’ portrayed a young boy Jin-ho and his mother struggling to survive in a small village in North Korea. The two scrape together a living by collecting dead wood and selling it in the marketplace. The film followed the mother and son as they spiraled into despair. For some, the ending was unsettling.
Guests were shocked to find out that the jarring movie was based on a true story. Kim explained that he had chosen this particular experience out of countless others as the subject of his film because it was one he had personally witnessed.
During the Q&A session after the screening, Kim spoke about everything from life in North Korea, his escape, repatriation from China, and adjusting to a life of freedom in South Korea. Members of the audience asked insightful questions about how to help North Koreans who are resettling in South Korea, and how best we can provide food aid to North Korea when, in the past, aid was diverted to the military and the elite. Kim's answers were hopeful that life for North Koreans would improve in the future.
We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next event on April 25, a film screening of The Defector, and Q&A with a North Korean resettler. The event will be at Chungshin Girls School in Jamsil. More information available below and on Facebook.
We are a group of volunteers fundraising for NKHR (Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights) to rescue