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Documentary that chronicles the stories of Korean Americans separated from their families in North Korea by the Korean War
Documentary that chronicles the stories of Korean Americans separated from their families in North Korea by the Korean War
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ABOUT THE FILM:

When the border was drawn between North and South Korea, hundreds and thousands of family members were left divided. During the Korean War (1950-1953) even more families were dislocated in the chaos of war. Almost 60 years have passed since then, and many Koreans immigrated to the United States in search of peace and hope.

There are an estimated 100,000 first generation Korean Americans with immediate family members in North Korea. Time is running out for this generation to reunite with their families. Many family members have already passed away, or are in their 70s-90s. Some have tried to contact their families through informal brokers, but this uncertain avenue has led many divided family members to become disillusioned. Though US citizens, there are no formal mechanisms for family members in the United States to identify or even dream of reuniting with their families in North Korea.

OUR MISSION:

To raise awareness in the global community by documenting the stories of first generation Korean divided family members currently residing in the United States with the hope that they can reunite with their families one day.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS:

Jason Ahn
Jason Ahn

While a Fulbright scholar to Korea, Jason Ahn became interested in the divided families through Saemsori, an organization working towards formal family reunions between Korean Americans and Koreans living in North Korea. The necessity for a historical record of divided families and the power in showing stories through film inspired him to embark upon the Divided Families Film.

Jason is interested in the intersection of film and social change. In the future, he hopes to make a difference as a practitioner of global health and social medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is currently an emergency medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eugene Chung
Eugene Chung

Eugene Chung is a Managing Director for TechStars, based in New York City. Formerly, he was with New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where he focused on investments in technology companies. Prior to NEA, Eugene worked in film production at Pixar Animation Studios with a team that included the makers of the Oscar-winning films The Incredibles and Up. Prior to Pixar, Eugene was at Warburg Pincus where he focused on private equity investments in the energy space. He began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

Eugene has had the privilege to be involved with a number of social enterprises and non-profits, including his work in the rural Philippines with Unitus, a global microfinance accelerator. He earned his BS degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

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We have put our heart and souls into this project and will continue to persist through any challenge. Our team of talented individuals will solve any potential challenge that arises. We have problem solved multiple issues to date and will continue to do so in the future. We have grit.

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