A gripping exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland.
SEOUL TRAIN tells the story of a growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis that threatens East Asian peace: the plight of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China. The Chinese Government does not recognize these North Koreans as refugees, but instead hunts them down and forcibly sends them back to North Korea, where it is a capital offense to defect. SEOUL TRAIN exposes the complex geopolitics and bureaucracy entangling the lives of these refugees, as well as the story of activists who put themselves in harm’s way to save them via a clandestine underground railroad.
PBS Independent Lens – Seoul Train
Aired on: Tuesday, December 13 2005, PBS