Directed by Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky and Lisa Sleeth.
2005. 54 minutes. In Korean, Mandarin Chinese, English and Polish with English subtitles
Introduction and discussion by Dohye Kim (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UI).
Through the combination of vérité footage, personal stories and interviews, Seoul Train is a riveting exposé into the life and death of North Koreans who attempt escape from their homeland and China via a secretive “underground railroad.” In this film we meet the activists on the front line, learn of the risks they take for their refugees and for themselves, and see firsthand the toll their work takes on them. We also hear from the Chinese Government, who articulates its country’s claims as to why the North Koreans are not refugees; from the UNHCR as to why it has failed to save even one North Korean refugee; from Sen. Sam Brownback, who has publicly challenged both the PRC and UNHCR; and from other experts (academics and NGOs) on the crisis at hand.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL