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2013 Films and Schedule Press Release
2013 Films and Schedule Press Release

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FESTIVAL 2013 TEASER
FESTIVAL 2013 TEASER
Volunteer with Jayu!
Volunteer with Jayu!

Jayu is looking for volunteers to help out during the film festival from Oct 25-27. Please fill out the volunteer application and email it to: [email protected] Click here: Jayu Film Festival Volunteer Application 2013

Jayu 2013 Sponsorship Package
Jayu 2013 Sponsorship Package

By supporting Jayu, you gain closer access not only to our festival, but also to the inspiring and amazing people that will help make this year possible. From North Korean defectors to local and international artists, filmmakers, activists and more, we promise that you’ll be moved and inspired. Have a look at our Sponsorship Package [...]

Radio Free Asia Interview June 21, 2013
Radio Free Asia Interview June 21, 2013

Gilad Cohen of Jayu and Ann Shin, director of the film, “The Defector” were interviewed on Radio Free Asia (RFA) on June 21, 2013. RFA is mandated to broadcast to China, Tibet, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Burma.  RFA’s programming primarily comprises domestic news and information of unique and specific interest to its listeners.  [...]

Jayu Presents “The Defector”
Jayu Presents “The Defector”

June 18th, 2013  “THE DEFECTOR” LAUNCHES JAYU, THE NEW NAME FOR THE NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL A free screening of Ann Shin’s “The Defector” highlights the evening as the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival celebrates its new name, Jayu TORONTO – In one short year, the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival [...]

Behind The New Logo
Behind The New Logo

About the Name So we’ve decided to rename ourselves and there are a number of reasons why. But before we jump into that, first some quick history. We launched last year very, very quickly. In 5-6 months, we came up with the idea for a film festival and we knew we wanted to use it [...]

We Are Hiring!
We Are Hiring!

UPDATE: Thank you to all of those who applied. The application process is now closed. Graphic Designer Jayu (NKHRFF) is one of the leading North Korean human rights organizations in Canada. We use and encourage the creation of art that not only informs but creates dialogue on what is happening in North Korea. We bring [...]

Help us rebrand us!
Help us rebrand us!

As NKHRFF rolls closer to closer to our second annual film festival, held this year at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, our message will reach a greater audience. We are in a very exciting phase of aligning our image with who we really are. NKHRFF is made up of a group of dynamic young social entrepeneurs, [...]

Our Year in Review
Our Year in Review

When we wrapped up our co-presentation of Total Control Zone – Escape from Camp 14 two nights ago, I was sitting there talking with a friend about the year NKHRFF just had. We tried to figure out when our organization “was born” and so I woke up this morning trying to figure it out. I [...]

NKHRFF co-presents Camp 14 – Total Control Zone
NKHRFF co-presents Camp 14 – Total Control Zone

We are incredibly excited to be co-presenting Camp 14 – Total Control Zone at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Camp 14 – Total Control Zone is a fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence yet still found the will to escape. Born inside a North Korean prison camp as [...]

NKHRFF CO-PRESENTS PULGASARI
NKHRFF CO-PRESENTS PULGASARI

Shin Sang Ok, a South Korean film filmmaker, was kidnapped by Kim Jong Il in 1978 and brought to North Korea to help establish a well known and critically acclaimed film industry which would gather worldwide attention. After an attempt to escape the country and a stint in a North Korean prison, Shin was later [...]

FESTIVAL ’13 AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
FESTIVAL ’13 AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

NOVEMBER, 19, 2012 NEWS RELEASE CIRCLE THE DATES: NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 DATES AND VENUE TORONTO - On the heels of its first year of operation, the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival (NKHRFF) announces that its second film festival will take place from October 25 to 27, 2013. NKHRFF’s first film festival featuring the [...]

NKHRFF TO CO-PRESENT ‘STATELESS THINGS’ AT REEL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
NKHRFF TO CO-PRESENT ‘STATELESS THINGS’ AT REEL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

STATELESS THINGS > Tickets > Full Festival Schedule NKHRFF is excited to be co-presenting Stateless Things at the Reel Asian Film Festival on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. Stateless Things is a dark and dreamy parable that tells the story of two disparate, lonely young men trapped both physically and psychologically by their status in the heartless megacity of [...]

WORLD PREMIERE OF 48M
WORLD PREMIERE OF 48M

People for Successful COrean REunification (PSCORE) and the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival (NKHRFF) will be co-presenting the world premiere of 48M, the latest South Korean feature film capturing the struggle of the North Korean people. The film was created through the collaboration of more than 300 North Korean defectors looking to shed light on [...]

NKHRFF 2012 A HUGE SUCCESS
NKHRFF 2012 A HUGE SUCCESS

North America’s first North Korean human rights film festival concluded Sunday after 3 days of programming.  The festival, held at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, was considered a success and featured a varied lineup of guests, speakers and films to highlight ongoing abuses happening in the regime. Programming kicked off Friday night with the premiere [...]

Official NKHRFF Preview
Official NKHRFF Preview
Behind North Korea’s Forced Labour System
Behind North Korea’s Forced Labour System

“The harsh reality faced by North Korean workers and students is unpaid forced labor and exploitation. Those who refuse face being sent to forced labor camps where they must do hard labor, face physical abuse from guards, and are treated as less than human.” -Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch Recently, over [...]

My Day in North Korea
My Day in North Korea

I’m often asked what sparked my interest in North Korea. Well, here we go… Back in June 2008, I was presented with an opportunity to travel to North Korea. It was only a day trip, a little bit more expensive than I could afford and a tough sell when I was in South Korea with [...]

East-West Ideologies, the Cold War and Now
East-West Ideologies, the Cold War and Now

At a grander scale of history, the Korean War and the North-South divide was inevitable and in no way was it avoidable. If you look at the historic period of the Cold War, both Western and Communist regime had no choice to protect its own interest and the territorial influence of its surrounding region was [...]

Join us at the 20th Annual Korean DANO Spring Festival!
Join us at the 20th Annual Korean DANO Spring Festival!

Hey everyone! We wanted to let you know that we will be at the Korean DANO Spring festival this weekend, June 1st & 2nd. The festival is located in Korea Town at Christie Pitts Park.  Admission is free and the festival will feature Korean food, traditional dance and music, Korean Pop, arts & crafts, Taekwondo demonstrations, [...]

Why and how do North Koreans defect?
Why and how do North Koreans defect?

A friend of mine last week asked me why and how do North Koreans defect. I answered him and thought that it was worth sharing with everyone else. Here’s what I wrote.  How do North Korean defectors leave North Korea? Most of them cross one of two rivers (Tumen or Yalu Rivers) between North Korea [...]

Why North Korea?
Why North Korea?

Hi everyone! I suppose I should introduce myself here, as I had not in my previous post. My name is Michelle and I am the co-director of NKHRFF. I have decided to write this week’s blog post about how I became interested in North Korean human rights – because it is the question I get [...]

Awareness
Awareness

Anyone who knows me knows that I talk a lot. I’m always talking. It can be really annoying sometimes, I’m sure. After I learned about the horrible history of North Korea, about the life there today, I continued talking – that didn’t change – but I felt compelled to talk about the situation there. I [...]

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