Escape from North Korea

Escape from North Korea

張乾琦CHANG Chien-Chi
2009
  • United States
6min
Colour
  • Video

Escape from North Korea

Synopsis

The exodus of North Korean defectors into China began in late 1990s after a severe famine. The unpredictable journey can take weeks, months or even years. Chinese police routinely hunt for North Koreans attempting to escape cross-country. If they are caught while escaping in China and Laos, they will be repatriated to Communist North Korea, facing severe labor camps or capital punishment. Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang traveled with the defectors to document the darkest journey from 2007 to 2009. To date, he has continued to document the plight of North Korean defectors.

Director's Profile
CHANG Chien-Chi