Film Fest Raises Awareness of Human Rights in N.Korea

The second North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival kicked off at Seoul Station Square on Thursday afternoon with a screening of Lee Won-sik's "Traveler from the North," which was specifically commissioned by NKnet for the festival.

The film centers on the story of a female defector who became pregnant during her escape from North Korea and lives in the South as a single mom.

Visitors watch the opening film Visitors watch the opening film "Traveler from the North" at the North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival at Seoul Station Plaza on Thursday.

The festival was launched last year to help raise awareness of the dire human rights situation in the North. This year it features nine films and documentaries on defectors' human rights, abductees, and political prisons.

The films are to be screened until Friday at Film Forum, an independent cinema located near the rear gate of Ewha Womans University.

"We hope more people start to take interest in human rights issues in North Korea through the festival," the organizers said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 21, 2012 10:06 KST