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WATCH THE DEFECTOR ON ITUNES!

The Defector: Escape from North Korea is now available on iTunes in the US and other territories now. This suspenseful documentary follows a human smuggler leading defectors escaping from North Korea  It just won Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s Academy awards). And is available for viewing here:
The film is also available for theatrical and educational screenings, Tugg will organize it with you. For those of you who are looking to organize a screening, but have no budget, there is an option for you too! Gather enough ticket pre-sales and the film will come to your local cinema – check out the Tugg website for the hosting details:

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 Interactive Wins Digi Award!

Last night in Toronto, Next Media Events hosted their annual Digi Awards to celebrate the companies, products and people making waves in the digital media industry. We are proud to announce that The Defector Interactive won the award for Best in Cross Platform Non-Fiction!
If you have haven’t yet had the chance to use the Interactive, you can still check it out - experience.thedefectormovie.com
Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote in the online poll, we might never have gotten the nomination without your help!

And congratulations to all the other Digi Award winners!

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THE DEFECTOR TO BROADCAST THIS JUNE!

The Defector will be having its first broadcast this June in Canada and Australia, marking the 63rd anniversary of the Korean war.

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In Australia you can catch THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, presented by Kerry O’Brien, on Monday June 17th at 8.30pm on ABC1. It is repeated on Tuesday June 18th at 11.35pm and can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday June 22nd at 8.00pm or ABC iview .

In Canada, THE DEFECTOR will air on TVO Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00pm and midnight EST. It will be repeated on Thursday, June 27th at 9:00pm EST, Friday, June 28th at 10:30pm EST, and Sunday June 30th at 10:00pm EST.

We hope you will be able to tune in!

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.

Former North Korean spy calls the country a cult

A former North Korean spy is speaking out about the regime, and the control Kim Jong-un is trying to hold over their military. Kim Hyun-hee was plucked from her schoolyard in North Korea, and taken to a private military school where she was trained to be a spy. In 1987 she played a key role in the bombing of an aircraft en route to Seoul, killing all 115 passengers.

Originally sentenced to death, the South Korean government pardoned her because she was brainwashed. 

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Kim Hyun-hee, center, with South Korean investigators Dec. 15, 1987. SUNKYU IM/AFP/Getty Images

In her public statement to Australia’s ABC television, she claims that the North Korea is “not a state, it’s a cult.” It was not until she was in South Korea, where she currently lives, that she realized she had been lied to. 

It is a common story from defectors, who must face the realization that life is not what they were told in North Korea. Everything they have learned growing up, what their parents and teachers taught them, must all be broken down. To experience what it takes to escape North Korea, visit The Defector Interactive at experience.thedefectormovie.com.

Read Kim Hyun-hee’s full story in the National Post.

 

North Korea Video – Two Tickets to the Gun Show

The latest North Korean propaganda video to be uploaded on their official Uriminzokkiri YouTube Channel shows off some particularly anti-US sentiments. The video titled “A Short, Three Day War” has since been taken off YouTube, but those left on the site can help paint a pretty good picture.

 

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Along with the video, the DPRK has also realeased an image of a troop-landing drill filled with photoshopped images of hover-crafts.

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Although clearly fake, the chest-puffing image was released as the North put its rocket units on combat status along with a threat to target US bases. The United States has responded by flying a B-2 stealth bomber “deterrence” mission over South Korea. A US military statement said the mission “Demonstrated the United States’ ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will.”

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Unimpressed, North Korea views the drill as a “hideous politically-motivated terrorism of the US and the South Korean puppet forces targeting the dignified social system in the DPRK.” 

As the political plot thickens, coverage of North Korean citizens remains an untouched topic. Escape from the country is harder than ever, and the famine persists. 

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CSC Award Nomination Plus World Festival Invites – Including SXSW!

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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”. 

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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

Are You Ready to #EscapeNorthKorea

The Defector Interactive is almost ready! As friends of The Defector you will have the chance to choose your own path out of North Korea TOMORROW! Four days before the *Offical Launch* next week!

Check out the final sneak peek of the animated web-doc and get ready for tomorrow!

Will you have what it takes?

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Kim Jong Un’s Wife is Back- And Pregnant!

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Kim Jong-Un’s wife Ri Sol-Ju: Before her dissapearence from the media (left), and her return to the public eye – with a baby bump (right). Pictures coutesy of The Chosun Ilbo.

After disappearing from the public eye, Kim Jong-Un’s wife Ri Sol-Ju is suddenly back in the spotlight with a bulging belly. After months of speculation about whether or not KJU’s new bride was banished for not wearing her loyalty pin, it seems Ri is instead pregnant. We are all happy she is unharmed, but cannot help but feel a tinge of Rosemary’s Baby-esque fear for her. Who knows, maybe another <a href=" http://thedefectormovie.posterous.com/the-cool-kim-now-on-tv“>liberal Kim will be born. What do you think?