Documentary “Heaven’s Border”, entered Kiev International
Human Rights Film Festival
“Heaven’s Border”, a documentary film concerning issues faced
by North Korean defectors, was entered in the ‘Kiev UA International Human
Rights Documentary Film Festival,’ in Ukraine. It is the first time that a
Korean film has been accepted.
Through the Kiev UA International Human Rights Documentary Film
Festival, “Heaven’s Border” will be introduced to the world film stage, starting
with East Europe. While the world is concentrated on North Korea amid its nuclear
testing and ballistic missile development, it will be curious to see how local
people will react to the film about the problems of North Korean Defectors.
On the 24th of March, Stalinismul, a member of the Kiev UA International
Human Rights executive committee said “the international society needs to give
attention on North Korean Human Rights issues. Not only as a film but as a Human
Rights Association and to improve and to appeal about North Korean Human Rights
issues, we have invited “Heaven’s Border.”
On the 27th of March, after the screening of “Heaven’s Border,”
Pastor Chun, a human rights activist who also appears in the film with other
North Korean defectors, will hold interviews with the audience.
One of “Heaven’s Border” producers revealed that, “once there
was a drug dealer (broker) who crossed the Amnok river completely naked, asked
us to contact him as he sells drugs and women, then returned to North Korea.
Not only that, but we were also able to record a family who were forced to be
separated as they became North Korean defectors.”
The Kiev UA International Human Rights Film Festival first started
in 2003, and at last year’s Festival, Vitaly Mansky’s “Under the Sun” was
invited and revealed North Korean Human Rights issues. This year, “Heaven’s
Border” and another Norwegian documentary “Korean National Liberation Day”
were nominated as finalists.
The Kiev UA International Human Rights Film Festival is co-managed
by the Ukrainian and Finland Human Rights Association and run by contributions
from the EU, Amnesty International, NED and other countries such as the US.
It is known as the largest International Human Rights Film Festival.
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