DAVID reviews

4 May 2018

Breaking the Silence

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “Sleep Well, My Baby” - 7 mins 23s

As North Korea's leader makes his historic border crossing, directing duo TwinTaoers and charity Liberty in North Korea remind us that many North Koreans make a similar journey every day... although in far more dire straits.

This harrowing film addresses the plight of North Korean women trafficked into servitude in China - often sold into sexual slavery - in their attempts to escape the oppressive regime. By following one true-to-life story, we're invited to imagine the wider scale of trauma and abuse on a national scale.

The film is beautifully shot, subtle yet affecting in its depiction of violence and fear. The dramatic conclusion feels like a moment of narrative triumph... only for the sense of personal victory to be undercut by the reality of Eunmi's story. It's a distressing watch - but an important one.


Director: TwinTaoers Ⓦ (You Are Here Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematograper: Jared Fadel
Colourist: Asa Fox @ The Mill (Los Angeles)
Sound Designer: Steve Horne
Composer: Ryan Taubert

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