Yodok Stories

Filmmaker Andrzej Fidyk's compelling film follows 36-year-old North Korean defector, Jung Sung San, who has managed to escape through China to South Korea. Jung organizes a controversial musical theatre play about his experiences as prisoner in the concentration camp Yodok in North Korea. He inspires eight other refugees to recreate the past and despite death treats and many obstacles, the musical becomes a tour de force for this ensemble of refugees. The film screened as part of IDA's DocuWeek in Los Angeles and New York in order to qualify for an Academy Award nomination.