Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Korean Time Bomb

Another skirmish between the Koreas. Now if only one of these skirmishes was big enough to topple the completely insane government that runs the place. That would be a great day for the civilized world and especially great for for the millions of people that live (and starve) in North Korea a.k.a. the world's largest prison camp.

Coincidently, my recent documentary theme has been North Korea, last night's movie was Independent Lens: Seoul Train. The documentary follows defectors trying to seek refuge in, or simply pass through China. However, they are usually denied refugee status and instead arrested and returned to North Korea where they face severe punishment or execution.

In the scene shown, a North Korean family is trying to pass the gates of the Japanese Embassy. They were arrested and would normally have been returned to North Korea, but because the story became so high profile, the family was actually allowed passage to South Korea. None of the others in the movie were nearly as lucky.

So, what's the big deal with freedom? Watching this movie should clear that up for just about anybody...

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