15 February, 2013
15 February, 2013
11 February, 2013
There are two faces of North Korea. The one they show the world, and the one people live in.
On February 15th see what North Korea is really like - The Defector Interactive.
7 January, 2013
27 November, 2012
Artwork by Song Byeok
Song Byeok’s artistic skills were made famous at the age of 24 when he became the official propaganda artist for North Korea, portraying glorified images of rulers Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. His loyalty shifted in the 1990s when he saw his family starve to death due to the famine. Song had attempted to defect to China. His father drowned in the Tumen river during an escape attempt, and Song ended up in a prison camp.
Song successfully defected to South Korea in 2002, where he began painting satirical imaes of oppressive regimes from around the world. Watch Song’s interview with the BBC here.
‘Take Off Your Clothes’ by Song Byeok
His first North American exhibit was in Atlanta, GA earlier this year and like all cool things these days, it was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign. Song’s latese work is currently on display at the Woolley Mammoth Threatre in Washington, DC.
For more information about Song, exhibits, and purchasing a print, check out the website www.songbyeok.com.
25 November, 2012
In the midst of funding cutbacks for TVOntario they continue to champion great documentaries while creating an online community to showcase documentary works. Ann Shin was invited to discuss the importance of making The Defector: Escape From North Korea.
“As a Korean-Canadian, I was in a unique position to get intimate access into North Korean stories and to tell it tio a Western audience. I started meeting with North Korean defectors in Toronto, and learned about a vast global network of people who were helping them. I met with church groups and humanitartian aid organizations. I began to envision a film about North Korean defectors and the global network of people who were putting themselves at risk to help them… continue” -Ann Shin on TVO DocStudio
For the full story and other amazing docs, visit TVO’s DocStudio.
19 October, 2012
30 November, 2011
The same organization that plans balloon launches containing bibles and religious materials, news from the outside world and practical items has organized a special treat for Christmas. The Colorado Springs based organization will send balloons full of marshmallows Peeps over the South Korean boarder into the North. Reindeer and Christmas trees will also be found in the packages. Why marshmallows? As Rev. Eric Foley, co-founder and CEO of Seoul USA states, “Who wants to get hit on the head by a falling candy cane?”
Read the full story here
28 November, 2011
Photo by Reuters/Jacky Chen
One million cellphone users will be registered on North Korea’s new 3G network built with Orascom, an Egyptian company. Using a mobile device was once considered illegal in North Korea as cellphones and the internet have been strong forces in rallying protests and overthrowing rulers such as Muammar Gaddafi. With a change of heart, the North Korean government does not see the tools as a threat. This is likely due to the fact that only the rich can afford to own them. It costs roughly $350 for a cellphone and average monthly income is about $15.
Read more at Reuters.com
25 November, 2011
Our friends at TVO have given THE DEFECTOR a page on their Doc Studio website! We are so excited to get the stamp of approval and stand with so many great projects. If you haven’t seen our trailer yet, it’s on there too!
23 November, 2011
More than 300,000 North Koreans have escaped their country and are in hiding. Some have been brave enough to share their story with you on this interactive Facebook APP that ties stories and pictures in with Google Earth locations.
Tell us your story. Whether you’ve been forced to flee your country or have travelled through countries with political, religious or ethnic oppression, we want to hear about it.
The first 50 people to upload their stories, videos or photos receive a free craft, hand made by North Korean defectors. Be sure to login to your Facebook account before you upload so we can send you your craft.