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Seeking Haven

Directed by Hein S. Seok

Documentaries / China, Korea / 2012 / Documentary / 59 mins / Korean with English subtitles / Color / HDCAM* / World, North America, USA, San Francisco Premiere



“If I hadn’t left home, I might’ve been hungry, but at least I could’ve been with my family.” -Young-soon Kim

Over 20,000 North Koreans have crossed the border to China in search of freedom. Most of them live in hiding, in fear of being deported back to North Korea and politically persecuted. Director Hein S. Seok, a recipient of one of only five film-production grants given by CAAM’s 2010 Media Fund Program, reveals their often overlooked stories in this intimate, daring tale of struggle, heartbreak and survival.

In 2002, Kim Young-soon, desperate for food, escaped North Korea to China. After five years of living in an underground haven, Young-soon embarked on a dangerous eight-day trek across three borders in an effort to reach South Korea. Seeking Haven documents her journey years later, in the present day, when she returns to China in an attempt to smuggle her sister out of the country she once called home.
-Lin Kung

Co-presented by: RAMA


DIrector: Lee Hark-joon
Director: Ko Dong-kyun
Executive Producer: Chun-goh Bang
Producer: Hark-joon Lee
Cinematographer: Yong-ho Han, Tae-gon Kim
Editor: Dong-kyun Ko, Seung-heon Lee

Preceded By

  1. Inheritance

    Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz / USA / 2012 / Documentary, Short / 27 mins
    Through a collage of voices and eras, Inheritance investigates what’s lost, gained and carried over in the process of diaspora.

    Precedes: Seeking Haven

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