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JOL Interview With Ann Shin: North Korea is More Dangerous to Flee Than Ever

A new interview with The Defector director, Ann Shin, in JOL Press discusses the ways in which the the changing North Korean political environment is making it more difficult for defectors to escape the country.
Since coming to power, Kim Jong-Un has strengthened control measures and security posts on the border between North Korea and China, to put an end to attempts to escape North Korean citizens . It also increased the penalties against border guards may receive bribes defectors.”
Read the full article here

The Defector Listed As One Of Canada’s Top Films Of 2013

The Defector has been listed as one of the top Canadian films of 2013 by Huffington Post and MovieFone:
“Director and centrepiece for the documentary, Ann Shin, is an inspiration. Not only does she draw critical attention to a very urgent issue (the defection of North Koreans), she actually gets as close as she can to the actual defection route – which is way more complicated as you can imagine.”
A great way to end 2013 – Happy New Year!

The Defector Op Doc on the Front Page of The New York Times

The Defector is on the Front Page of the NYTimes today! An exclusive OpDocs piece was prepared for the NYTimes and it spent the morning claiming the front-and-center space on the front page.
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The feature comes at a time when raising awareness about defectors is crucial. Nine young North Korean defectors were captured in Laos last week and repatriated back to North Korea through China. They range in age from 14 to 22, and are said to be orphaned Kotjebi. They are among tens of thousands of defectors living in hiding in Asia who try to escape via China and Laos. Considering the grave risks that they took to escape North Korea, it’s troubling that China and Laos, among other nations, do not offer them protection.
The Defector will be having its UK premiere at the upcoming Sheffield Doc/Fest and is nominated for the Sheffield Innovation Award.

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Our limited edition Tshirts have been popular requests among our Kickstarter supporters. Several designers have donated their designs to this campaign to help get our film The Defector made. The Defector film follows North Korean fugitives as they go on a dangerous trek across Asia into South-East Asia in their hopes to find their way to freedom. We are one week into our crowd-funding campaign and could really use your support. Contribute and get a Tshirt! Share this post with friends. You can find more info on how to get a Tshirt at our Kickstarter site here: http://kck.st/tRDDfU


Balloons carrying radios and #US dollars launched by #defectors into #NorthKorea


Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

A group of North Korean defectors launched 10 balloons across the Demilitarized Zone from Imjungak, South Korea on Monday, marking the death of prominent defector – party secretary Hwang Jang-yop who defected in 1997. The balloons contained leaflets describing Hwang’s efforts, along with photos of his burial at a national cemetery, an honour reserved only for higher powers in the North. The balloons also contained 1000 US $1 bills and 100 radios for people to access Radio Free Asia and other news. Organized by the Fighters for Free North Korea, they have sent many rounds of propaganda filled balloons into North Korea. KCNA, the official news agency in North Korea, sees the act as nothing less than “an overt act of war against fellow Koreans.” 

Article on the latest event: The Chosun Ilbo

Further reading on past Fighters for Free North Korea balloon launches:
CNN World
New Scientist

Pictures on the propaganda power of balloon launches:
The Boston Globe