A powerful portrait of a family’s suffering after their daughter is abducted
Independent filmmakers Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim begin this emotional and suspenseful film on the night many years ago when a 13-year-old Japanese girl, Megumi Yokota, was abducted by North Korean spies near her home. With great attention to detail, this documentary captures the family’s suffering as they struggle to find her. They discover that at least a dozen other young Japanese men and women were also abducted from beaches and seaside towns facing the Korean peninsula, apparently for espionage purposes. This is a revealing story about Japanese family life, society and politics and the deep bond between parent and child.
Patty Kim and Chris Sheridan, writers, producers and directors; Yuko Kawabe, associate producer; Laurie McClellan, story consultant; Yuko Kawabe and Fumiko Nagata, researchers; Chris Sheridan, editor and cameraman; Jane Campion, executive producer
Watch "The Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story" here: http//qtstreaming.jrn.columbia.edu/dupont/2009/abduction.mov