The story of a North Korean Family sent to a political prison camp after their father disappears. They are faced with the hardships of life in the camp and provides a chilling insight into what life is like inside one of these camps, whilst also teaching the family the value of life.
True North is a tale about a North Korean boy and their family who are sent to a political prison camp and must overcome the hardships that they encounter. Yo Han is a young boy who was told by his father to protect his mother and his sister, before he disappeared and as such, he makes difficult
choices which he believes protects them. When he becomes a supervisor in the camp, he abandons his only friend and actively allows an old man to die. The wife of this old man then murders his mother and Yo Han realises the mistakes he has made. Through the death of his mother Yo Han learns a lesson in the value of life but importantly learns to see the beauty of it.
Yo Han loses his responsibility as a supervisor but later redeems himself by allowing his only friend in the camp and his sister to escape. This film is very tragic but does a fantastic job of showing an insight into the life at a political prison camp, this coupled with its unique animation style highlights the change in Yo Hans character and makes the viewer empathize with his cause and purpose.
Arbaab Anwar BA Film and Screen Studies, London College of Communication
True North is streaming throughout the Raindance Film Festival.