An unforgettable saga inspired by true events, The Last Exiles is a searing portrait of a young couple in North Korea and their fight for love and freedom
Jin and Suja met and fell in love while studying at university in Pyongyang. She was a young journalist from a prominent family, while he was from a small village of little means. Outside the school, North Korea has fallen under great political upheaval, plunged into chaos and famine. When Jin returns home to find his family starving, their food rations all but gone, he makes a rash decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile, miles away, Suja has begun to feel the tenuousness of her privilege when she learns that Jin has disappeared. Risking everything, and defying her family, Suja sets out to find him, embarking on a dangerous journey that leads her into a dark criminal underbelly and will test their love and will to survive.
Ann Shin grew up on a mushroom farm in Langley, B.C. She now lives in Toronto and works as a filmmaker, writer, and radio producer. She directed two documentary films for the National Film Board of Canada: Western Eyes (2000) and Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World (2003). Shin also directed The Roswell Incident, winner of a Bronze Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, for History Television. Her film, Four Seasons: A Mosaic, was nominated for a 2006 Gemini for Best Performance documentary.