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NKHR Rescue Fund hosts a propaganda game and a film screening
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NKHR Rescue Fund hosts a propaganda game and a film screening
By Sohee Khim, NKHR intern and Rescue Fund volunteer

NKHR Rescue Fund recently hosted two events to raise funds and awareness for North Korean refugees.

The first was an event entitled Two Truths and a Lie: Propaganda in the North Korean State on February 27, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Tavern in Itaewon. Guests learned about life in North Korea through a discussion with Sungju Lee, a North Korean resettler who went from living the life of a kkotjebi (street child) in North Korea to interning at the Parliament of Canada. People then split up into groups participated in a game of Two Truths and a Lie. They were given three propaganda statements, two of which were real propaganda that is used in North Korea.  The groups had to guess which of the three statements was the fake propaganda.  In this way, guests learned about how the North Korean regime uses propaganda as a means of control. Following the game, guests stayed to speak with Sungju personally about his experiences as a North Korean resettler.

  
L: Poster for the event.  R: Raffle prize winners 

The second event, on April 11, was a screening of the film Winter Butterfly and discussion with the North Korean director, Kim Gyoo-min. Director Kim is one of the only North Korean resettlers active in the film industry.  The film follows Jin-ho, a young boy, and his mother, as they spiral into despair in North Korea. The audience was shocked to find out during the Q&A with Kim that the film was based on a true story, one Kim himself witnessed firsthand.  Following the event, the audience asked insightful questions about the food crisis Director Kim lived through in North Korea, and how best to help North Korea today. Director Kim said that, although the situation is better now than during the famine of the 1990s, people are still starving in North Korea. He suggested that when giving aid, donors take measures to ensure the aid goes to the general public and is not diverted to the military or the elite.

 
L: Event poster.  R: Director Kim speaking about the film

Thanks to generous donations, the Rescue Fund raised almost 800,000 KRW (about 820 USD) at the two events. The team is still working towards its goal of raising $15,000 by the end of the year. The team has another film screening scheduled for April 25, as well as a marathon fundraiser with Running4Resettlement. For more information, visit http://www.nkhrrescuefund.org and like the Rescue Fund on Facebook.

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