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Film and Q&A about North Korea

On Friday 29 November Sutton for Peace and Justice will be hosting a rare opportunity to see a film about North Korea and hear from a North Korean army defector.

The film Crossing (Keurosing) details the tragic plight of Kim Yong Soo, a well-known ex-footballer who leaves North Korea and crosses illegally into China to buy medicine for his pregnant wife who has tuberculosis. The film plots his attempts to evade capture by the Chinese authorities and to get back to his wife and young son during a famine which ravaged North Korea in the 1990s. It is directed by Kim Tae-gyun.

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There is a trailer for the film on YouTube.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kim Joo-il – born in 1973 in North Korea, whilst serving in the North Korean Army he defected in August 2005, now lives in the UK and is the Director of the North Korean Residents Society. Mr Kim runs a North Korean language news website from his base in New Malden.

Kim Joo-il spoke to BBC World Service in 2010 – see the report here – and was interviewed by the Independent earlier this year.

Mr Kim recently said of the film Crossing – ‘of all the films I’ve seen, ‘Crossing’ is the one that I feel most accurately depicts day-to-life in North Korea, in fact not only daily lives but also values and the way North Koreans actually think. I think that a film like ‘Crossing’ is incredibly important in raising awareness of the plight of North Koreans and I highly recommend people to see it.’

This fascinating insight into this secretive and repressive country will take place at Friends House, Cedar Road Sutton, SM2 5DA, starting at 7pm (doors open 6.30). No entry charge, donations will be taken.

Please book your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or text to 07740 594496.

See a flyer/poster for the event here.

The film is produced by PSALT (Prayer Service Action Love Truth for North Korea) – a non-profit ministry in the US dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of North Korean refugees and mobilising resources and action to aid those who are suffering.

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