Crossing – the defector documentary by Kim Tae-gyun – screens at Amnesty International

A quick note of an upcoming film screening at Amnesty International:

Crossing

(크로싱, dir Kim Tae-gyun, South Korea, 2008)
Venue: Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Date: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 7.00 pm

Crossing poster

The film details the tragic plight of Kim Yong Soo, a well-known ex-footballer who leaves North Korea and crosses illegally into China to buy medicine for his pregnant wife who has tuberculosis.

Joo Il Kim will introduce the film. We’ll host a rare Q+A session with the former North Korean army captain, who himself fled across the Chinese border in 2005. He will talk about the suffering and starvation that he witnessed in the country while travelling with the army. That suffering prompted him to defect. He will also talk about the plight of North Koreans who are not recognised as refugees by China and so are returned to North Korea where they face harsh reprisals and likely internment in North Korea’s notoriously brutal prison camps.

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