written by

Steven Hoerger

“The Last Deer” chronicles the life of a family trying to cope with the reality of life in North Korea in the 1990s. Do-Yun and Bora are married during the transition from Kim Il-Sung to Kim Jung-Il. Bora is a true believer in all she has been taught about the regime, while her husband begins to have doubts. After the birth of their daughter, Mi-Ran, conditions in the country deteriorate rapidly. Most work comes to a stop and everyone is starving. When Do-Yun is sent to a camp, and Mi-Ran traumatized by being forced to watch a public execution, Bora’s disillusionment drives her decision to escape. The harrowing journey to South Korea means a long difficult trek through China to Mongolia. One false step means all will be lost.

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