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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Hanawon
Hanawon
Hanawon

Hanawon

director: Romain Champalaune
original title: Hanawon
country: Netherlands
year: 2019
running time: 15 min.

synopsis

A compulsory stay in a Seoul facility known as Hanawon serves to prepare North Korean defectors for life under capitalism. Eight people tell of their experiences from their new lives, highlighting the challenges and prejudices that they must face in the completely different system. Their authentic testimonies are heard against the background of scenes of the bustling megalopolis.

biography

French documentary filmmaker and photographer Romain Champalaune (1989) gives visual form to the world’s political and economic problems. He has demonstrated his talent in a number of projects from Iran, Venezuela, and Korea.

more about film

director: Romain Champalaune
producer: Jos de Putter
music: Hakko

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