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Dec 05

The Defector: Escape from North Korea

Due to copyright concerns, we cannot provide video of The Defector. The video above includes only the program before and after the screening.


The Washington Premiere Screening of

The award-winning documentary The Defector: Escape from North Korea is a gripping, heart-wrenching look at the risks North Koreans are willing to endure to escape a despotic regime to reach freedom. The film follows a human smuggler who leads North Korean defectors across borders for a living. His latest undercover trip takes an unexpected turn, leaving the defectors stranded in China, putting their dramatic escape plan into question. Their perilous journey reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China. 

As producer Ann Shin describes the refugees’ plight, “they are risking their lives to find freedom. They are endangering the lives of their own families to seek freedom. I felt compelled to share their stories in some way."

Followed by a Panel Discussion featuring 

Ann Shin, Producer, Director, and Writer of The Defector: Escape From North Korea 
Dong-hyuk Shin, Human rights activist and former inmate of North Korean Camp 14 
Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)


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