Forgotten Abductees: 50 Years in North Korea
The 11th of December 2019 marks 50 years since the plane was hijacked en route to Seoul. 11 of those that were on the plane remain missing and the DPRK has continuously denied that they are being kept against their will but refuse to provide any evidence to support these statements. These people and the others that remain missing are subjected to crimes against humanity and deserve the collective efforts of the international community and the South Korean government to be rescued.
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The Korean War 1950-1953
To expand your knowledge, we have made a list of recommendations for you with a variety of books, movies, documentaries, and TEDTalks that cover different aspects of North Korea and its history as well as defectors’ personal experiences. Why not familiarize yourself with how it all started during the Korean War between 1950-1953? Don’t forget to download and read our reports as well to deepen your knowledge further.
TEDTalk: Defectors' Stories
The Story of Us
Morgan Freeman has recently released a great documentary “The Story of Us”, the first episode of which covers a North Korean defector’s story. You can find the trailer here – make sure to watch it on Netflix!
Inside North Korea
My Hometown Means the Sea: A North Korean Defector
North Korea - Mind Blowing Games
Yong-Soo (Cha In-Pyo) lives in a small coal-mine village in North Korea with his wife and young son. Although living in extreme poverty, the family is happy just to be with each other. Then one day, Yong-Soo’s pregnant wife becomes critically ill. Let alone medicine, Yong-soo can’t even find food for her in North Korea. So he secretly crosses the borders of China hoping to find the medicine for his wife
Located on the border between North Korea and China, the Amnok River, or Yalu River in Chinese, separates the two countries by just 48 meters. “48m” captures the devastating circumstances that drive North Koreans to escape as well as what happens when they get caught. The film is co-produced and financed by a group of North Korean defectors.
In a small North Korean village near the border of China, there are believers who get together in an underground church, away from the eyes of the persecuting government. When the missionary from China, their only support route, is cut off, things begin to get very tense.
Over the Border
Kim Sun-ho is a horn player for the Mansoodae Art Company, Pyongyang's state orchestra. He comes from a well-to-do family in North Korea and is about to marry his sweetheart, War Memorial guide Lee Yeon-hwa. One day, Sun-ho's family receives a letter from his grandfather in Seoul, whom they had thought was dead.
By Park Yeonmi
The real story of Park Yeonmi who escaped with her mother in 2007 at 13, only to be sold as a slave in China, before she could finally reach South Korea in 2009.
By Barbara Demick
Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years, witnessing the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
By Kang Chol-Hwan and Pierre Rigoulot
A true story of a North Korean defector, Kang Chol-Hwan, who came from a privileged family in Pyongyang but was imprisoned at the age of 9 for a crime his grandfather had – supposedly – committed.
By Lee Hyeonseo
In her memoirs, Lee Hyeonseo tells the story of her escape to China, and the struggles she faced when trying to adapt to a “free” life, and when crossing the border again to help her family escape.
By Young-Sook Moon
This book tells the fictional-yet-very close to reality story of Yeong-dae, who loses both his parents during the famine and sets off on a desperate journey to China to find his sister.
The manuscript of seven short stories was smuggled out of North Korea in 2014 ; the author, who still lives there, tells through fiction the daily lives of North Koreans.