Tuesday, March 06, 2007


“ABDUCTION” Opens at UN-sponsored event in Geneva
Abduction issue will get international audience

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC An award-winning documentary about a 13-year-old Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies will be shown this weekend at a United Nations-sponsored film festival in Geneva, Switzerland. ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story will open at the International Film Festival on Human Rights on March 11.
The festival, now in its fifth year, coincides with the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s main session which convenes on March 12th.
“We’re very pleased that the United Nations considers the abduction issue important enough to include in their festival,” said Chris Sheridan, who, along with his wife Patty Kim, directed the 85-minute documentary. “This will send a strong message to the international community that this issue needs to be addressed properly.”
ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story tells the tale of Megumi Yokota who was taken by North Korean spies when she was 13. The film shows her family’s emotional journey to try to get her back. The film’s won six awards and received critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and many other media. It has been shown in Canada, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Holland, France and is currently open in theatres across Japan. In January, the film premiered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Henry Kissinger, former National Security advisor to US President Richard Nixon, attended the event.
ABDUCTION is produced in association with the BBC and with the assistance of Fuji TV. The Executive Producer of the film is Jane Campion, the Oscar-winning director of “The Piano”.

For festival info, visit www.fifdh.ch or call (in Geneva) 041-22-800-1554
For film info, visit www.abductionfilm.com


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