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Abandoned Heroes No 43 screens in Wimbledon CANCELLED

Another cancellation I’m afraid…

A rare documentary – a UK premiere – on the fate of South Korean prisoners of war in North Korea. The documentary has English subtitles. Advance registration is required.

Abandoned Heroes No 43

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7pm
Odeon Cinema | 39 The Broadway | The Crescent | Wimbledon | London SW19 1QB
Reservation can be made by e-mail to victor7hyun [at] gmail [dot] com
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Abandoned Heroes No 43

You are invited to the ODEON theatre No.6 screen at Wimbledon, 25th March at 7pm a documentary film preview by 영국의 소리방송 – Voice of UK. After the movie is over, there will be a presentation about the producer’s greeting and movie shooting. Admission is free. Theater only a limited number of seats so only those who have made reservations in advance are allowed in.

The movie was made by the Korean War Prisoner’s family Association in South Korea.

It will be released in the U.K. for the first time, in the U.S. in April and in the South Korea in early June national widely in order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.

This documentary film was produced not only to inform to the South Korean but also its allies who sent U.N. forces during the Korean War, what happened to Korean soldiers who were taken prisoner by North Korea while fighting with them.

More than a half of the 78,000 prisoners who were forced to work in coal mines by the 43 Act on the management of prisoner of war, were massacred by the North Korean government at the swamp after the axe murder incident at Panmunzum D.M.Z. occurred in 1976 for the fear that they would become a dissident group if war broke out.

If Germany had the Auschwitz slaughter house, there was a skeleton swamp in North Korea.
The story behind the movie is from the memoirs written by Madam Chairman of the Korean War Prisoner’s Family Association, Myunghawa Son who brought arm and leg bones among the remains of her father, second class sergeant Dongsik Son who died in coal mine in 1984. Also, the memories written by the defectant at the risk of their lives who believed their father’s telling that if they would come to South Korea, they would be treated well so they could live well instead of working as a miner for generations due to their father’s lives and social classification.

The photos they brought as a family souvenirs used as evidences.

These testimonies of the old soldiers who escaped from the mine and returned to South Korea was most important and some of them were in the movie themselves.

By obtaining data from the records of South Korean Ministry of Defence and North Korea, Production team could approach the facts as much as possible.

We hope you all of the Koreans in London have a lot of attention to this film.

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