Posts Tagged ‘Prison Camps’

Blaine Harden’s new book Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West tells the remarkable true story of Shin Dong-hyuk, a prisoner in one of North Korea’s gulags who escaped the grips of the concentration camp-like Kaechon prison camp (“Camp 14”) to freedom in South Korea.

Soon after the books release in March of 2012, NPR’s Fresh Air program released a segment interviewing the books author.  Give it a listen.


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Premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Kimjongilia is a documentary directed by N.C. Heiken that tells the story of North Korean prison camp survivors and other defectors from the country.  The film consists of a series of interviews with former prisoners, camp guards, and artists from North Korea and contains their first hand account of the horrors they faced under the regime of Kim Jong Il.

Run time:  approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The name of the film, Kimjongilia refers to a type of begonia flower named after the North Koreans late ruler.

The Kimjongilia flower– used to accent pictures of the former North Korean leader.

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