Documentary by CapU grads transports audiences to North Korea

Step, for one hour, into a country few people visit.

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Film Closing the Gap: Hockey in North Korea by CapU alumni

Closing the Gap: Hockey in North Korea makes its world premiere at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival (WFF) on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Directed by CapU alumnus Nigel Edwards and produced by CapU alumni Devan Francis and Sky Morfopoulos, the film documents the North Korean national men’s ice hockey team’s two-year journey of preparing for and competing in an international tournament in New Zealand.

With unprecedented access earned by a foreign film crew, the documentary portrays a group of individuals in a regime that’s not conducive to individuality, Edwards says.

The project was supported by a Bosa Centre for Film and Animation initiative to give CapU alumni mentorship and funding to develop feature-length films.

Closing The Gap: Hockey in North Korea [ Trailer 2 ] from Closing The Gap on Vimeo.


Two student films will also screen at WFF as part of the Student Shortwork program:

Don’t Worry, Don’t Watch

By Ben McGregor - Screening on December 8

After a life-threatening evening, a young woman struggles to reconnect with her drug-addicted brother to help him overcome his addiction and mend a disconnected family.

Off World

By Joshua Vanderlinder - Screening on December 8

A single father living in the slums of a futuristic dystopia attempts to illegally escape to an off-world colony to prevent his son’s illness from becoming fatal.


Submitted by: Taehoon Kim