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Ann Shin

2000 Western Eyes (TV, short)
2002 Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World
2005 Save Us from Our House (TV)
2012 The Defector: Escape from North Korea

Human Rights

The Defector: Escape from North Korea / Ann Shin

Dragon smuggles North Korean defectors across borders for a living, but his latest undercover trip with Sook-ja and Yong-hee takes an unexpected turn. He abandons them in China, halfway through the journey, putting their dramatic escape plan into question. Their perilous journey reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China, and the human smugglers who risk their own freedom and their lives. Made undercover by a Korean-Canadian filmmaker, Ann Shin, the film gains intimate access to these three individuals in this POV film that explores universal questions about human rights, smuggling and the pursuit of freedom.

Director:Ann Shin
Script:Manfred Becker, Ann Shin
Cinematography:Stephen Chung
Editing:Manfred Becker
Sound:Post City Sound Inc.
Music:Ari Posner
Producer:Ann Shin, Heidi Tao Yang
Production:Fathom Film Group, Canada T. +1 416 479 4292 www.
Narration:Ann Shin
Format:HDCam Color
Production Country:Canada-South Korea-China- Thailand
Production Year:2012
World Sales:First Hand Films, Switzerland Esther van Messel T. +41 44 312 2060 F. +41 44 312 2080
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 23:00 | ID:247
FRIDA LIAPPA:Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 20:15 | ID:546
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