Tuesday, June 06, 2006



Jane Campion Documentary Confirmed for the Festival
May 11, 2006

Following the exciting news that the directors of ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story will be interviewed on CNN’s American Morning at 11pm Sydney time today, it is announced today that the award-winning documentary ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story, executive produced by Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, is confirmed as part of the 53rd Sydney Film Festival.

Lynden Barber, Artistic Director of Sydney Film Festival comments “ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story is one of the most moving documentaries I have seen in recent years. We are honoured to be able to bring this amazing story to Sydney audiences in June.”

The directors Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim will be on the CNN’s American Morning at 11pm (Sydney time) to talk about the documentary, which documents the true story of a 13-year-old Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies.

“We’re hoping the CNN interview will help open up the discussion in America about the abduction issue,” said director, Chris Sheridan. “Many Americans have never heard about the abductions but now we’ve been given a huge opportunity to tell it to hundreds of thousands of them.”

Sydney Film Festival is thrilled to announce that Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim are also confirmed as guests of the festival and will be present, along with Executive Producer Jane Campion at the screenings on June 17 and 18 2006 in Sydney.

ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story follows the family of Megumi Yokota, who disappeared on her way home from school in 1977. For decades, her parents had no idea what had happened to her until the whole world found out the shocking truth. During a historic meeting between Japan and North Korea, the North Koreans admitted their spies kidnapped Megumi and 12 others. But the story doesn’t end there. ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story is a moving portrayal of what parents will do for their child as Megumi’s family fight every imaginable force to bring her home.

The CNN interview follows hearings on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C, by a Japanese delegation regarding the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea. Among those testifying is Sakie Yokota, Megumi’s mother.
Celebrating its 53rd year, Sydney Film Festival will showcase the world’s best feature films, documentary, short fiction, short animation and more at its major annual event which runs from June 9 – June 25 2006. The Festival’s full program will be launched on May 11 and available in The Sydney Morning Herald as an insert on May 15.
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