Yesterday, I received the following e-mail from WNET-13 in New York about a documentary about North Korean refugees that will air this summer. The message I received describes it as well as I could:
I’m writing from Wide Angle, the Emmy award-winning international current affairs documentary series on PBS. We recently launched a web-exclusive documentary shorts series called FOCAL POINT and I thought you might be interested in linking to the latest episode, “Field Trip to the DMZ.
As North Korea’s relations with its neighbors grow ever more strained, FOCAL POINT visits the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. “Field Trip to the DMZ” trains its lens on one of the 15,000 North Korean defectors who have made it to South Korea, following twenty-year-old Haejung and her high school class on their annual trip to the DMZ.
You can watch a clip here:
Once again, it’s driven home that the peoples of the two Koreas are genetically identical yet culturally and psychologically centuries apart. What other nation tears families apart like this?
Update: I’ve changed the embed link at the producers’ request.