Film Review: ‘The Defector’

"A must-see for anyone interested in North Korean refugees, human rights or, simply in the difficulties of real human lives"
March 29th, 2013
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In The Defector,  Canadian-Korean director and producer Ann Shin follows a group of five North Korean defectors and their broker, ‘Dragon’, on a dangerous and long journey from Northern China to Thailand, via Laos PDR.

Dragon, who is a self-professed “human rights activist” (and not “some shady broker”), left North Korea in 2001 and spends

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About the Author

Nicolle Loughlin

Nicolle Loughlin first became interested in North Korea whilst studying Chinese history at college which brought her attention to the Korean War. She subsequently spent her time reading and learning about anything she could find related to North Korea. Nicolle Loughlin lives in the UK and is undertaking her final year of university studying English Literature and Mandarin Chinese. Nicolle has particular interests in North Korea's foreign relations and literature about North Korea. Next year, Nicolle intends to begin a masters degree in Asia studies or international relations in order to further and appropriate her knowledge and interests.


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