Decades after their separation, these sisters are still unable to hold back their tears, as they sing a tribute to their long lost brother, a brother they were forced to leave behind in North Korea. Their story is same as an estimated 100-thousand other first-generation Korean-Americans who were separated from their families as a result of the Korean War.
Because the U.S. has no political ties with North Korea, contact has been impossible, leaving families wondering if their lost family members are even still alive.
Now in their 70s and 80s, most are left wondering if they'll ever get an answer.
For the past five years, a team of Korean-Americans have worked together to produced a documentary aimed at bringing awareness to this issue, as well as rallying support for a reunion between these families.
Through interviews and meetings, second-generation Korean-Americans Jason Ahn and Eugene Chung uncover the heartbreak and burden these family members have endured, now grandmothers and grandfathers who are hoping that some day, they'll be able to see the faces of their beloved family members once again.
The documentary is 50 minutes long, but goes in depth with three of the 100-thousand who were separated on the Korean peninsula, shedding light on the pain of a divided family.
This film has been screened at various locations around the U.S., including the U.S. Congress, Harvard University, and at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.
With each screening, the team hopes to bring resolution H.Con.Res.91 (House Concurrent Resolution 91) into effect, which will potentially open opportunities for separated family members to be reunited.
Yim Yoon-hee, Arirang News.