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South Korea’s “Asian Schindler,” pastor Chun Ki-Won, is just one of the workers along Asia’s “Underground Railroad.” And while both of those phrases invoke a harrowing geopolitical past, they aren’t yet history. Seoul Train documents the current struggle of North Koreans fleeing their homes and features some of the fortunate few who have discovered the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses and frontline activists. Refusing to recognize the escapees’ status as refugees, Chinese authorities regularly raid homes, train stations, and taxis looking for any of the estimated 250,000 North Koreans living illegally in China. Using the activists’ own raw footage, the film goes behind the doors of safe houses, where refugees live in fear of forcible repatriation. Seoul Train is an exposé into an impending humanitarian crisis plagued by the inaction of the United Nations and the too-little-too-late intervention policy of the West. The one-hour film, followed by a Q&A, screens at 7 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. $20 (proceeds to benefit the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and Life Funds for North Korean Refugees). (202) 387-7638. (Megan Maher)