Watch the biggest quest on film – North Koreans on a dangerous 3,000 mile trek to freedom, with the help of an int'l underground railway.
The Defector follows ‘Kim’, a North Korean fugitive, and several of her young friends as they journey across Asia on a quest for freedom. There are roughly 300,000 North Korean fugitives who have escaped North Korea and are in hiding today. Helped by a network of aid workers, some will manage to find safety. Follow our team as we film this incredible modern day underground railway as they help transform these people's lives. This film's got a lot of heart, and it’s got guts. We need your help for our next production trip.
Producer/Director: Ann Shinn
Editor: Manfred Becker
Animation Director: Rob Pilichowski
Associate Producer: Sherry Barrett Boguski
About the Production:
"A North Korean refugee explained to me: 'You need a little evil in your heart to survive my country.' It’s poignant coming from a woman who witnessed her neighbour’s children die of starvation. Escape from a Communist country to arrive in a free country, and realizing you can live a life with food for every day, and with the freedom to choose: milk or orange juice? Jeans or jogging pants? Even the most mundane of decisions bring tears to our subject's eyes. It's been really moving to meet and work with people who have come through such an incredible journey." — Ann Shinn
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