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“OUT OF BREATH” follows a small group of international volunteers who travel to North Korea every six months. They work side by side with North Korean doctors to fight the spread of a deadly infectious disease called multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Each visit, the volunteers deliver medicine and check progress, but the heavy lift of treating and caring for the patients is left to the North Korean medical staff. Working together under difficult conditions, the volunteers and North Koreans have forged unexpected bonds and achieved something incredible – one of the highest MDR-TB cure rates in the world.

Director Hein S. Seok
Location North Korea
Duration 28 min.
Genre Human Interest / Health / Life
Air Date (JST) Mon., Sep. 10, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Sep. 4, 2017 *rerun
Mon., Jul. 3, 2017

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Hein S. Seok

Hein S. Seok


Hein S. Seok is a Korean-American documentary filmmaker based in Seoul. Her film "The Sinking of the Sewol" won four New York Festival awards, including the Gold Medal for Best News Documentary. Hein was also nominated for Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards for "Across Land, Across Sea.” She received a Fulbright fellowship in 2007 and Center for Asian American Media grant in 2010.


2016 Brilliant Ideas (TV Series documentary - 2 episodes)
2015 Limitlessness (Documentary short)
2014 The Sinking of the Sewol (Documentary)
2012 Across Land Across Sea (Documentary)
2012 Seeking Haven (Documentary)
2012 Crossing Three Borders (Documentary)
2008 The House of Sharing (Documentary)

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