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June 30th, 2009
Crossing Heaven's Border

Special thanks to the organizations who helped refugees share their stories with WIDE ANGLE: All Burma Monks Alliance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY, International Rescue Committee, U.S. Committee for Refugees and ImmigrantsYMCA of Greater Houston – International Services, and WITNESS. To learn more about the ongoing story of Tibetan refugee, Mrs. Nyiga Tenzin Nordon, and her son click here.


CIA World Factbook: North Korea
Information about North Korea’s geography, population, government, military and economy.

BBC Country Profile: North Korea
Information about North Korea’s history, leadership, and media, with links to BBC stories on the country.

Online NewsHour: North Korea
Ongoing coverage of North Korea’s nuclear standoff with the U.S. — site includes streaming video, audio podcasts and transcripts.

New York Times Topics: North Korea
North Korea is the last Stalinist state on earth, and in October 2006 it became the latest country to join the nuclear club. This page contains links to both breaking news and archive material, as well as some general information about the country.

Frontline: Kim’s Nuclear Gamble

April 2003 episode examining the highly unstable U.S.-North Korea relationship and how it brought the world to the brink of a nuclear showdown.

Escaping North Korea
February 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine article and photo gallery on defectors and their efforts to start a new life.

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK
North Korea’s state-owned English-language newspaper website.

Field Trip to the DMZ
This April 2009 episode of FOCAL POINT trains its lens on twenty-year-old Haejung (not her real name) who was smuggled out of North Korea and now attends a school for defectors in South Korea. In this web exclusive short film the students make their annual trip to the border, and Haejung dreams of a time when her family and her homelands will be reunited.

A State of Mind
A September 2003 episode of WIDE ANGLE tells the story of two teenage girls and their families as the girls prepare to participate in North Korea’s Mass Games, one of the last surviving Communist showcase pageants.


Durihana news page
Articles featuring Durihana, the Christian missionary organization that orchestrated the journey of the North Korean refugees featured in Crossing Heaven’s Border.

Perilous Journeys: The Plight of North Koreans in China and Beyond
International Crisis Group’s 2006 report on the hidden, often shifting networks through which the border crossers seek better lives in China and third countries.

Human Rights Report: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
U.S. State Department’s 2008 report on the status of democracy, human rights and labor in North Korea.

White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea
A 2008 human rights report by the Korea Institute for National Unification.

Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Reports on conditions in North Korea and solutions for improving human rights.

Human Rights Watch: North Korea
News and reports from a leading independent organization dedicated to protecting human rights.

Congressional Research Service: North Korean Refugees in China and Human Rights Issues
A 2007 report on international response and U.S. policy options regarding North Korean refugees in China.

Saving North Korea’s Refugees
New York Times editorial by a board member of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

Chosun Ilbo: On the Border
The original multimedia report by journalists from one of South Korea’s largest newspapers that forms the basis of Crossing Heaven’s Border.

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