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Animation - Completed 2020

When an innocent family is taken to a North Korean concentration camp, a gentle young boy must find meaning to life in the world’s most hopeless corner.

& Awards

Fest. Animation Annecy - MIFA 2020
Contrechamps in Competition - Nominated
Tokyo International Film Fesitval 2020
World Focus
Warsaw FF 2020
Free Spirit Competition - Jury's Special Mention
Vancouver IFF 2020
Spark Animation
Nashville Film Festival 2020
Feature Animation Competition - Grand Prix
Raindance Film Festival 2020
Politico Competition / Discovery Competition - Nominated
Bucheon International Animation Film Festival 2020
Feature Competition - Special Distinction Prize
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Animation, Biography, 3D
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Eiji HAN SHIMIZU
    • Producer(s)
    • Eiji HAN SHIMIZU
    • Synopsis
    • TRUE NORTH is a feature-length animated film telling the story of a family held captive in a brutal North Korean political prison camp. Based on years of research and interviews with former political prisoners who defected to South Korea, the film incorporates elements of the real-life experiences of individuals who endured some of the worst human rights abuses of our time. The film focuses on Yohan, a nine-year old boy from Pyongyang, who is wrongly imprisoned for a crime his father allegedly committed. Yohan’s youthful-innocence and his belief in the innate goodness of others is gradually stripped from him as he faces the harsh realities of life and death in the camp. When the world does not treat you like a human, can you find it in yourself to treat others with human decency? We will find the answer following Yohan’s journey of physical and spiritual survival spanning ten years in the camp.

      When Yohan is nine years old, he, his mother and sister are forcibly relocated to a notoriously cruel political prison camp in North Korea. His innocence is gradually eroded by the harsh brutality of the camp, while the rest of his family tries to maintain their decency and compassion for their fellow humans. Years later, after being devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one, he begins to reassess the meaning of his life - even as he struggles to survive in the worst imaginable living conditions.