DirectorCHOO Sang mi
In 1951, 1,500 Korean War orphans were secretly sent to Poland. At that time, a group of Polish teachers devoted their time to caressing the wounds of these children from the Far East and looking after them with care and kindness. Gradually opening up their minds, the children learned to adapt to a new environment and became a family with the teachers they called “Mama” and “Papa.” However, in 1959, they were forced to return to North Korea and their story was forgotten by history. In 2018, two women – one from South Korea and another from North Korea – headed to Poland, looking for the traces of these children and their teachers. On their journey, they realized how different their lives had been. Although they could not easily open themselves up to each other, both of them burst into tears when they reunited with the grey-haired Polish teachers who had always been on their minds without noticing it. It was love after all. The film takes us through the heartwarming true story of 1,500 Korean orphans sent to Poland but saved by compassionate Polish teachers while following two women from North and South Korea on their journey to finding great love once shared between the orphans and the teachers.
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During the Korean War, North Korea sent its war orphans to Eastern Europe. When Director Choo Sangmi learned about 1,500 orphans sent to Poland, she decided to make a feature film about them. She auditions and casts actress Lee Song, a North Korean defector, and takes her to Poland to conduct a field investigation. The Children Gone to Poland is a documentary about “process”. The director and the actor meet Polish teachers that took care of the children back then, and they get
emerged in their stories, crying at their tears. A film that raises empathy and healing that surpass generation by broaching historical tragedy and painful memories.
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