In his documentary film, “Letters From Pyongyang” Canadian-Korean filmmaker Jason Lee unveils his father’s emotional story of a family torn apart during the Korean War.
The film chronicles their journey to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in search of their long lost relatives.
Featuring exclusive never before-seen footage filmed in North Korea combined with archival images and family photographs, “Letters from Pyongyang” has been described as “a deeply personal film bringing to light the tragic issue of divided families in Korea affected by political conflict.”
Lee’s film had its world premiere at the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival, where director he received the 2013 Aljazeera Golden Award.
“Letter’s From Pyongyang” will make its U.S. premiere next month, in competition, at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Shortfest.
Based in Montreal, Lee has worked on numerous projects with the National Film Board of Canada as a media producer and editor with credits on productions such as the Oscar-nominated animated short film Madame Tutli-Putli and the Hothouse animated shorts series.
“Letters from Pyongyang” marks Lee’s directorial debut as an independent documentary auteur filmmaker.
Aside from filmmaking, Lee occasionally dabbles in electronic music and mash-ups under his monikers jsn (see Wired Magazine CD).
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SOURCE: Eseel Borlasa/David Magdael & Associates/Palm Springs Shortfest