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Announcing The Defector’s Canadian Premiere at HotDocs!


We are very excited to announce that The Defector will officially be having its Canadian Premiere at Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival – Hot Docs – this April!

We invite you to attend one of our three screenings:

Sat, Apr 27 - 9:00 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 4

Mon, Apr 29 - 3:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 5

Sat, May 4 - 6:30 PM at The Regent

For all of our Toronto supporters who missed the world premieres, this is your chance to see the film on the big screen! We could not be more excited to have our Canadian premiere in our home city.

Tell your friends!

For tickets and more information about screenings and the amazing line-up of films at this year’s festival, visit hotdocs.ca



CSC Award Nomination Plus World Festival Invites – Including SXSW!


The Defector has been selected into a number of festivals around the world including the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 8th to 12th in Austin, Texas. We’ll be there with Jam3 to give the inside scoop on how we built The Defector Interactive successfully from a feature documentary film project on our panel “10 Tips from Kim Jong-Il About Interactive Docs”. 


We’re also delighted to announce that our DP - Stephen Chung - has been nominated for Best Documentary Cinematography for the 56th Annual Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ Awards for his amazing work on The Defector: Escape from North Korea. Please join us in congratulating him. We’ll keep you posted as the drum rolls…  

Up-coming International Festival Premiers for The Defector:

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival


Greece, March 15th – 24th, 2013


United States, March 23rd, 2013

Documentary Edge Film Festival


New Zealand, April 11th – 21st, Aukland;

May 9th – 19th, Wellington

Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival


Qatar, April 18th – 21st, 2013

The Cool Kim, Now On TV?!

Step aside Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things, there is a cooler Kim on the internet now. A year after the grandson of Kim Jong-Il made international headlines with his Facebook Page, Kim Han Sol has sat down for a TV interview with Elizabeth Rehn. He is stylish, speaks English with an impressive American accent, and is confident.

Although the interview avoids politics for the most part, Kim Han Sol expresses a desire for unification, stating “It’s really sad that I can’t go there and see my friends over there and, yeah, it’s a really sad story.” 

Watch the interview in two parts here (don’t worry, English dialogue begins at 1:35): 


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Vote for The Defector as IndiWire’s Project of the Week!

The poll is up for IndieWire‘s Project of the Week and we need your help! If we win Project of the Week we have the chance to compete for Project of the Month and gain support from Sundance Institute!

The Voting is done through Facebook, so if you have an account please take the poll- we are #4 on the list! We have some stiff competition and need a strong push ahead, so click on the link and vote for us!

Polls close on Monday December 5th- that’s tomorrow- so get to it! If you don’t have Facebook you can still help by passing on the link to a friend you think would be interested in the documentary. Every little bit helps!

Here is the link to the poll: http://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/?poll_id=bc6xv1eh

And here is the link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thedefectormovie

Thanks a million,

The Defector Team

Raining marshmallows in North Korea


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

North Korea now allows cellphones


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

Check out our new Facebook App where people share their harrowing stories of escape from all types of oppression. Whats your story?


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 storyWhether 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. 

Exhibit showing rare images of life behind the iron curtain- Check it out this Tuesday!


The exhibition will feature over 100 photographs of daily life inside North Korea, plus videos shot by North Koreans and drawings by prison camp survivors depicting their experience inside the camps. Refugees seeking asylum in Toronto will also be present to talk about their escape experiences.

Check out the exhibit Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 6-7:30pm at The Korea Times, 287 Bridgeland Ave in Toronto, Ontario.

#NorthKorea beat #Japan in #WorldCup Qualifier


North Korean player Pak Nam Chol scoring a goal against Japan on Nov 15. Image by AP Herald Sun

North Korea beat Japan 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier home game this week. The Kim Il-Sung stadium was packed to capacity with 50,000 fans cheering fervently. Despite the win, North Korea trails so far behind Japan and Uzbekistan that it wont be able to advance in the World Cup games.