A former propaganda painter of North Korea defected to South Korea, and now paints the tragic reality of both countries.
Hunger drove him to cross the border - a move of desperation which cost him his father and his fingers. A new settler in the unfamiliar South, Byeok Song is known as a former propaganda artist daring to dress "the brilliant and beloved General" in skirts, Byeok Song rose to international acclaim through his depiction of the desolate lives of "the people" in which he expresses his anger towards the regime. Yet, to most people South of the border, he still carries the label of a "commie propagandist." What does peace look like for the artist who served both countries? Traveling to the DMZ and coming face to face with fellow defectors, Song embarks on a long journey to paint a new propaganda work of art depicting the nation's division and peace.
He has been making documentary films since 1995, and over the course of 6 years, he made more than 30 visits to North Korean across the border, met more than 500 defectors, and have been dedicated to airing more than 50 programs about recent developments in the North and North-South issues.
Since 1999, he has produced and directed documentary films for Korean TV Channels, and recently focuses on working as a producer to introduce Korean documentaries to international audience. "My Love, Don't Cross That River" - directed by Moyoung Jin, and co-produced with DRTV (Denmark) - has been invited to many international film festivals such as Hot Docs and DOK Leipzig, and awarded Best Documentary Award (LA), Special Jury Award(Millenium) Audience Award (DMZ, Vision du Reel, Moscow, TRT). "With or Without You" - directed by Hyuckjee Park, and co-produced with ZDF/Arte(Germany/France), DRTV(Denmark), Aljazeera Documentary Channel(Quatar), BOS(Netherland) - has been invited to DOK Leipzig.