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Letters from Pyongyang

A father and son's rare journey into the secretive North Korean capital in search of lost relatives.

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Trailer

Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Contemporary Issues, Minorities, Personal Doc, and Foreign Worlds
Synopsis

Canadian-Korean filmmaker Jason Lee unveils his father's emotional story of a family torn apart during the Korean War. Together, they embark on a rare journey to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in search of long lost relatives. With exclusive never before-seen footage filmed on location in North Korea combined with archival images and family photographs, Letters from Pyongyang is a deeply personal film bringing to light the tragic issue of divided families in Korea affected by political conflict.

As seen on: BBC World News GMT, BBC World Service 'Outlook', Australia's Weekend Sunrise on Channel 7, CBC Radio, and KMIR NEWS (NBC).

Stage
finished
Running time
28 minutes

Credits

  • Jason Lee ... Director, Producer, Editor
  • Luigi Allemano ... Composer
  • Francois Lacasse ... Sound Editor & Narration Recordist

Production Details

Prod. Co.
JSN Omnimedia
Country
Canada
Years of Production
5
Locations
Canada, USA, South Korea, North Korea, China
Prod. Partners
The National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker Assistance Program, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, the Canada Council for the Arts.

Distribution Details

Release year
2012
Festivals
Palm Springs Int'l ShortFest, Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Frontline Club, St. Louis Int'l Film Festival, Sapporo Int'l Short Film Festival, Gwangju Int'l Film Festival, RIDM Montreal Int'l Documentary Fest, Flickerfest Bondi Beach
Awards
2013 Aljazeera Golden Award for Best Short Film, 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest Best Documentary Jury Prize, 2013 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Best Short Film Jury Prize.
Distribution
National Film Board of Canada (Broadcast, Education, In-Flight), JSN Omnimedia (Theatrical)
Broadcast (Acq.)
CBC Documentary channel, Shorts International
Language
English, Korean
Subtitles
English

Photos

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