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Korea

Program Title: North Korea - Shadows and Whispers
EASC Code: KN-02
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Region/Country: Korea
Language: English
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Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
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Producer: Kim Jung-Eun
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Running Time: 52 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Since 1995, 2 million people have starved to death to the famine. Hundreds of thousands of others have illegely crossed the border to China in search of foos. This documentry, filmed in the remotennortheast mountains of China, capture the dire circumstances of these refugees, who must subsist furtively in primitive caves, under floorboards and in basements. If caught they will be sent back and put to death. Families have been torn apart. Many North Korean refugees have had to hand their children over to Chinese orphanages where their children will at least get enough to eat and an education or they have been forced to give up their children up for adoption. The stories are heart rending. One family had to abandon their five year old in an orphanage as he wailed, "Don't leave me." Orphaned and abandoned children live on the streets where they beg for food. Shadows and Whispers brings us up close to the human beings who become merely statistics on the evning news. With the recent approachment between North and South Korea, conditions will hopefully improve.
Data Entry Date: 8/6/2003