Funding for the educational materials was provided by The Overbrook Foundation.
These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the players below. These videos are also used in the lesson plan A Tale of Two Heavens: Escaping North Korea(Grades 9-12).
Excerpts from the Wide Angle program, Crossing Heaven’s Border
Worth the Risk
A glimpse of the human drama—and tragedy—which unfolds regularly on the Tumen river dividing North Korea and China.
Heaven on Earth
The history of the North Korean defection, which mainly dates from “The Great Famine” of the mid 1990s, when government mismanagement under “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il resulted in 2 million starvation deaths.
A North Korean defector attempts to convince her younger sister to stay with her in Seoul rather than return to North Korea.
Flight to Freedom
A North Korean defector must leave her son behind to attempt an escape to South Korea with a forged passport.