Song-Whan (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Military & War, Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 149 min.  |   Countries - South Korea  |  
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Korean filmmaker Kim Dong-won directs the documentary Song-whan (Repatriation), a story of North Korean political prisoners who suffered in South Korean detention camps. In 1992, Kim met two men who had been arrested for spying and were serving a 30-year jail sentence. They each served their full sentence despite opportunities to denounce their beliefs. The film follows their decade-long struggle to return home to North Korea following their release. Repatriation won the Freedom of Expression award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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Communism, detention, human-spirit, North Korea, political-change, political-prisoner, quest, return, South Korea, stubbornness, survivor, torture