70 años después de la Guerra de Corea, la madre de la cineasta Hyun Kyung Kim todavía vive como la refugiada de guerra que alguna vez fue. Reúne sillas, platos, muñecas y flores de plástico desechados y los amontona en todos los espacios disponibles de su casa. Kim se hace amiga de un desertor norcoreano que le recuerda a su abuelo, que desapareció misteriosamente durante la Guerra de Corea. La guerra sigue trágicamente presente en Corea.
70 years after the Korean War, filmmaker Hyun kyung Kim’s mother still lives like the war refugee she once was. She gathers discarded chairs, dishes, dolls, and plastic flowers, cramming them into every available space of her house. Kim befriends a North Korean defector who reminds her of her grandfather who mysteriously vanished during the Korean War. The war is still tragically present in Korea. Defectors is a compelling exploration that blends elements of humor and affection within a family portrait, a historical cinematic journey, and a quest for self-discovery. It delves into the lasting effects of the Korean War on multiple generations. In her interactions with a North Korean defector, Hyun kyung Kim contemplates the emotional toll of being separated from her loved ones, including her quirky and endearing mother, whom she had to leave in Korea when she relocated to the United States.