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Ann Shin

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Ann is a filmmaker, writer and new media maker based in Toronto. Her credits include Gemini nominated The Four Seasons Mosaic and Chris Award‐winning Incident at Roswell. Her films have screened at numerous festivals including: the San Francisco Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, SXSW, Mumbai International Film Festival. Her latest cross-platform documentary The Defector: Escape from North Korea premiered at IDFA and has its Canadian Premiere at Hotdocs 2013
Ann Shin

"I Want to Erase My Name": One Woman's Escape From Kim Jong-un

I had come to the Sino-North Korean border in order to film a documentary about North Korean defectors. Since Kim Jong-un took office, the situation has been dire for those hoping to escape. If they are caught as illegal migrants in China, they will be deported back to the DPRK where they will face torture and imprisonment. Sook-ja had waded across the icy Tumen River several weeks before, carrying a bundle of clothes above her head. She didn't know how to swim and yet she had risked her life in order to find her sister who had disappeared in China. "I came all this way to find her, and... she's gone."
04/09/2013 05:16 EDT