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People Are the Sky
A film by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson
US, 2015, 94 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W161188
Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (MOTHERLAND CUBA KOREA USA) is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders. In PEOPLE ARE THE SKY, Kim-Gibsonís eighth and most personal film, the filmmaker makes a pilgrimage to her place of birth in North Korea for the first time in nearly 70 years, to explore if it is still home.

Kim-Gibson seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean, with the fractious history of the North/South division and pinpoints the roots of North Koreanís hatred of the United States, giving Americans a much better understanding of the conflict. A mix of interviews epic images and graceful musings, PEOPLE ARE THE SKY offers some of the best political and social history of the relations between North and South Korea, and also a contemplative exploration of the meaning of home. The result is unprecedented, at times startling, for hers is an up close look of the hurts and desires, beauty and contradiction, pride and aspirations of the long held demonized nation.


  • Korean American Film Festival, New York
  • Louisville International Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival

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    ď[Kim-Gibson] is determined to bring the voices of the voiceless to the screen and people who are often overlooked. And so she has attempted through her films to humanize the world.Ē
    Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean
    Boston University School of Theology

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