Korea: Unfortunate Brothers
FOG AND FRICTION  |   ARMS BAZAAR  |   MASSES TO THE MASSES  |   GLOBAL CAR  |   FAULT LINES & PIPELINES
UKRAINE SONATA  |   CHECHNYA: SEPARATISM OR JIHAD  |   LAUNCH PADS TO LILY PADS  |   UNFORTUNATE BROTHERS

Unfortunate Brothers: Korea's Reunification Dilemma

"Even though I live in South Korea, my heart is in North Korea. The [North Koreans] are not strangers, but my brethren." These words spoken by Mr. Lee, the film's main character, reveal an internal conflict in the national psyche of the Korean people that despite ongoing tension continues to exist since the division of Korea at the conclusion of the Second World War.

Unification of the Koreas is complicated, not only for both the North and South, but for China, Japan, and the United States as well. While all parties involved express a general desire for reunification, the dynamics of such an event have kept it far beyond reach. Changing opinions in South Korea, a generation gap, North Korean nuclear ambitions,and security concerns from the U.S, China and Japan all hinder potential unification. Shot over the course of three years, Unfortunate Brothers: Korea's Reunification Dilemma explores these issues by following Mr. Lee, a North Korean defector trying to adjust to life in his newly adopted South Korean homeland. Through Mr. Lee's intensely personal account of his journey from North Korea, as well as expert interviews, the film unravels the riddle of Korean unification and promotes deeper understanding of two countries many of us don't fully understand.