First-ever North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival in Seoul

North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival
- November 10-11
- Dongguk University in Seoul
- free admission (first-come, first-served)
Documentaries, independent films, film shorts.  At least half of the films will have English subtitles.  Several works will be making their premier at the festival.  Please see this site for more information:

And please spread the word with your Korean and foreign friends!


Thursday, November 10

1-3pm Crossing

3:20-5pm Children of Ryanggangdo

5:20-6:30pm Premier Screenings of Elephant in the Room, Final Report, Inside

7-9pm Opening & Awards Ceremony
• Congratulatory Performance, Award Presentation, More!
• Premier Screenings of North Korea VJ, Lonely Echo, Save the Daughter of Tongyeong

Friday, November 11

10-11:40am Dooman River

12-12:45pm North Korea VJ

1-2:45pm Children of Ryanggangdo

3-4:40pm Lonely Echo, Elephant in the Room, Final Report, Inside

5-6:30pm Winter Butterfly

7-7:40pm North Korea VJ

8-9:30pm Kimjongilia


Lee Hae Rang Arts Theater (map in Korean)
@ Dongguk University

Dongguk University Station (line 3) – Exit 6

- A few steps from exit 6 there is an escalator that goes up to the university. Take this up and then keep walking in the same direction until you see an entrance gate to the university (혜화문); the theater is to the left of that gate.

- If the escalator is not going up, walk straight out of exit 6 and up the hill. On the left will be an entrance gate to the university (혜화문), and the theater is back and to the left of that gate. It takes about 5 minutes from the subway exit.

By Invitation (Films Premiering at the Festival):

North Korea VJ
Japanese journalist Ishimaru Jiro’s latest documentary work, featuring recent secretly shot video of real life in North Korea.
Director: Ishimaru Jiro
English subtitles: No

Lonely Echo (외로운 메아리)
A documentary about South Koreans abducted to North Korea during the 1970s and 80s.
Director: Lee Hee Heon (이희헌)
English subtitles: Yes

A documentary about the campaign to rescue “The Daughter of Tongyeong”
English subtitles: No

By Invitation:

Winter Butterfly (겨울나비)
Director: Kim Gyu Min
English subtitles: Yes
More info: The director is from North Hwanghae Province in North Korea, which lies between Seoul and Pyongyang. Read more about Kim Gyu Min and Winter Butterfly in this Daily NK interview.

Dooman River (두만강)
Director: Jang Ryul
English subtitles: To be announced

Children of Ryanggangdo (량강도 아이들)
Director: Jung Sung San
English subtitles: Yes
More info: The director attended Pyongyang Drama and Movie College, but in his last year was sent to prison for listening to South Korean radio. He also created the musical “Yoduk Story” in 2006. Read more about Jung Sung San and Children of Ryanggangdo in this Wall Street Journal blog piece.

Crossing (크로싱)
Director: Kim Tae Gyun
English subtitles: Yes

Kimjongilia (김정일리아)
American documentary featuring interviews of several North Korean refugees.
Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
Director: NC Heikin
English subtitles: No (this will be the version of the film with Korean narration and Korean subtitles)

Entries in the North Korean Human Rights Film Competition:

In July NKnet asked for scripts/scenarios submissions on the topic of North Korean human rights. We ended up picking the following three and provided the directors the funding to make them into short films. All three will be making their premier at the festival.

Elephant in the Room (따뜻한 이웃)
A documentary about foreigners involved in the North Korean Human Rights movement in South Korea.
Director: Cho Yeon Su
English subtitles: Yes

Final Report (선처)
A short film about a North Korean refugee who kills a fellow refugee in South Korea. The victim was a border guard in the North who killed members of his family when they were trying to escape.
Director: Kwon Sun Do
English subtitles: Yes

Inside (인사이드)
A symbolic short film about a father protecting his daughter inside a tent besieged by demons, who are led by Kim Jong Il.
Director: Lee Sang Hyeon
English subtitles: Yes

Additional Notes

All events are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis; we are unable to take reservations. The theater seats about 300, so you may wish to come early to insure a seat for popular show times.

The film festival has been made possible by a grant from the South Korean Ministry of Unification.

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