By Michael Ireland, Senior Reporter, ASSIST News Service, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. (ANS, October 24, 2015) — ‘Winter Butterfly’ follows the life of a mother and son who live on the edge of North Korean society, barely scraping by and getting enough to eat by collecting and selling wood.
The film follows the pair as they spiral into despair.
‘Winter Butterfly’ is based on lives director Kim Gyu-min personally witnessed in North Korea. Kim is one of only a few North Korean defector film directors active in South Korea. Winter Butterfly has been screened at the United Nations, Hong Kong, Spain, and is making its U.S. premiere at The Heritage Foundation.
Director Kim Gyu Min is originally from North Hamgyoung Province, North Korea. He escaped North Korea in 1999, and resettled in South Korea in 2001.
During a career spanning more than 12 years in South Korea, Mr. Kim has directed and produced several short films and documentaries, as well as directing and producing ‘Winter Butterfly’. In addition, he has written screen plays for numerous film productions, and most importantly, Mr. Kim has participated as staff in major South Korean film and TV productions, such as ‘The High Rollers’ (2006), ‘Into the Fire’ (2010), ‘Ode to My Father’ (2014), and as an assistant director in the groundbreaking film, ‘Crossing’ (2008). He is currently working on his next major full-length feature production, ‘The Gift of Love’.
Jung Gwang Il , Founder and Executive Director of No Chain (The Association of North Korean Political Victims and Their Families), is partnering with film director Kim Gyu Min in the U.S. premiere of his film, ‘Winter Butterfly (겨울 나비).’ The premiere screening will be held Wednesday, October 28 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., as part of a multi-state, multi-city screening and fundraising tour in the United States.
The screening and fundraising tour will coincide with a launch of a crowdfunding initiative to be unveiled next week to raise funds for Mr. Kim’s next film project, ‘The Gift of Love’, which tells the story of a family in North Korea struggling to survive in the midst of hunger and suffering.
“‘Winter Butterfly’ is a film that should be seen by all who are concerned about the human rights crisis in North Korea,” said Henry Song, North America Director for No Chain.
He added: “We are profoundly moved by and grateful for the support from the Heritage Foundation and the brave churches and organizations that have decided to screen this film. Mr. Kim has drawn from his experience in North Korea to artistically and poignantly portray the struggles of a family trying their best to survive; it is an utterly heartbreaking story of love, loss, and a call to action for all who care about human rights in North Korea.”
The film has English subtitles; each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director Kim. Producers say some viewers may find parts of the film disturbing.
Media are asked to contact Henry Song for all media inquiries and interview requests with Mr. Kim Gyu Min, and also for any questions regarding the fundraising campaign and ways to help.
Henry Song, North America Director, No Chain, 202-341-6767, email@example.com
About the writer: Michael Ireland is a Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as a volunteer Internet Journalist and Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and ASSIST News Service since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Click http://paper.li/Michael_ASSIST/1410485204 to see a daily digest of Michael’s stories for ANS.
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