Monday, March 27, 2006



Washington, DC A film documenting the kidnapping of a 13-year-old Japanese girl by North Korean spies picked up two more awards bringing the film’s total to three. “ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story” took home the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest festival of its kind in North America, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Omaha Film Festival.
The San Francisco award was announced at the closing night ceremonies on Thursday, March 23rd while the Audience Award in Omaha was announced Sunday, March 26th. “We’re totally thrilled,” said Chris Sheridan who directed “ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story” along with his wife Patty Kim. “You couldn’t get two more different cities yet we had a fantastic audience response in both proving this film plays well in big cities and in the heartland.” Added Kim, “The story simply touches people no matter where they're from.”
The awards mark the second and third ones for the film. After the premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in January, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. “ABDUCTION” follows Megumi’s parents as they battle to bring her home after learning the truth about her disappearance. Jane Campion, the Oscar-winning director of “THE PIANO”, is the film’s Executive Producer. The film’s played to sold-out audiences in every city so far, receiving rave reviews from critics. Cleveland’s Plain Dealer made “ABDUCTION” one of the top five films to see at the Cleveland International Film Festival while the San Francisco Chronicle called the film “affecting”.
“ABDUCTION” now travels to the Independent Film Festival of Boston where it will open on Saturday, April 22 and then the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, the largest documentary film event in North America, where it will make its Canadian debut on Saturday, April 29.

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