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  • APOSTLE Screenings for UN Human Rights Council and British Parliament
  • by SONG Soon-jin /  Mar 07, 2014
  • International Interest Inspires Special Overseas Screenings
     

    Apostle, which takes an uncompromising approach to the North Korean human rights issues, will be screened at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the British Parliament.
     
    The first screening is scheduled for May 17th when the North Korean human rights Commission of Inquiry (COI) report will be announced at the UN Human Rights Council. The film’s production company 'Typhoon Korea' stated “This screening was made possible through the efforts of the North Korean human rights NGO based in South Korea, ‘People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE)’,” also revealing that “UN representatives from various countries and North Korean NGO personnel are expected to attend.”
     
    In addition, the film is scheduled to be screened at the British Parliament from March 18–20. This screening was conceived through a request made by Lord David Alton, the Chairman of the ‘All Party Group on North Korea,’ and organized through the British APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) and South Korean JFNK (Justice For North Korea), and is currently in the process of scheduling.
     
    Apostle tells the story of Chul-ho (played by KIM In-kwon), a political prisoner spending time in a prison camp who is thrown into great adversities when he plans an escape from North Korea with people from his village. The film is based on filmmaker KIM Jin-moo’s year-long interviews of North Korean refugees and  a true story that occurred on the North Korean border. 
     
    The production company explained that “Apostle, which deals with the reality of human rights in North Korea. is gaining international attention,” also adding that “A special screening inviting guests from 50 embassies from all over the world, and foreign press including CNN, ABC, AP. Times and Figaro will be held on March 6th.”
     
    Apostle, which was domestically released on February 13th, ran for three weeks and reached 9th in the local box office rankings with total ticket sales of over 350,000 admissions according to the Korean Film Council’s March 2nd report.
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