Seoul Train

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Seoul Train
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Directed by Jim Butterworth
Lisa Sleeth
Aaron Lubarsky
Produced by Jim Butterworth
Lisa Sleeth
Starring Chun Ki-won
Moon Kook-han
Suzanne Schoelte
Tim Peters
Marine Buissonnière
Ron Redmond
Norbert Vollertsen
Sam Brownback
Music by David Harris
Editing by Aaron Lubarsky
Release dates
  • November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12) (Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival)
Running time 54 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Korean
Mandarin

Seoul Train is a 2004 documentary film that deals with the dangerous journeys of North Korean defectors fleeing through or to China. These journeys are both dangerous and daring, since if caught, they face forced repatriation, torture and possible execution.

Seoul Train has been broadcast on television around the world, including on the PBS series Independent Lens. In January 2007, Seoul Train was awarded the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism.[1] In April 2007, "Seoul Train" was named runner-up in the National Journalism Awards.[2]

The film was produced, directed and filmed by Jim Butterworth, a technology entrepreneur in Colorado in the U.S., and Lisa Sleeth of Incite Productions. It was co-directed and edited by Aaron Lubarsky, a documentary filmmaker in New York.

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  • 2007 Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Awards — Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism (broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.[3]
  • 2007 National Journalism Awards — Runner-up, Jack R. Howard award for excellence in electronic media/TV-cable.[4]
  • 2006 INPUT: International Public Television Screening Conference (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • 2005 ONE WORLD – Priština Film Festival (Priština, Kosovo) — Winner, Jury Award for Best Film.
  • 2005 Libertas – Dubrovnik Film Festival (Dubrovnik. Croatia)
    • Winner, Audience Award for Best Film.
    • Winner, Jury Award for Best Documentary.
  • 2005 Crested Butte Reel Fest (Crested Butte, CO)
    • Winner, Audience Award for Best Film.
    • Winner, Silver Award (Jury) for Best Documentary.
  • 2005 Brooklyn International Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY) — Winner, Independent Spirit Award (Jury).
  • 2005 Jackson Hole Film Festival (Jackson Hole, WY) — Winner, Best Global Insight Film (Jury).
  • 2005 Artivist Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) — Winner, Jury Award for Best Human Rights Documentary
  • 2005 Texas Film Festival — Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • 2005 Milan International Film Festival (Milan, Italy) — Winner, Jury Award for Best Editing.
  • 2005 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival — Finalist, Jury Award for Best Short Documentary
  • 2005 Boulder International Film Festival (Boulder, CO) — Winner, Jury Award for Best Documentary.
  • 2004 Ft. Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) — Winner, Jury Award for Best Documentary.

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