Yun Suh’s love of visual storytelling sparked at age 8 when she immigrated to Connecticut from South Korea without knowing a word of English. Television and movies became her most important classroom where she learned the language and the American culture. But without role models, she didn’t think being a filmmaker was a career possibility. She studied to become a doctor to fulfill her mother’s dream and kept her passion for film hidden. Her life took a big turn when her mother died during her last year of college. Believing that her mother’s death was caused by her inability to fully express herself, Suh devoted her life to true communication and self-expression.

After studying biology and cross-cultural psychology at University of California at Berkeley, Suh landed jobs in broadcast radio and television news, where she worked for eight years. She has extensively covered news on the Middle East and has reported from Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip. Her nominations include Best Radio Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for her one-hour long radio report, Sabra & Shatilla (2003), on the survivors of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps. She has also received a local Emmy nomination for producing a news feature, Comfort Women (2001), a story of an illiterate Korean woman who uses her paintings to break her 50-year silence about being forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. In 2002, she earned the Support, Training and Access for New Directors (STAND) grant from the Film Arts Foundation to pursue her lifelong dream of being a filmmaker. CITY OF BORDERS marks Suh’s feature directorial debut.