British Documentary to Focus on Young N.Korean Defector

      November 28, 2014 08:25

      Park Yeon-mi, the North Korean defector who was named as one of the 100 women of 2014 by the BBC, will feature prominently in a documentary about North Korean human rights abuses

      Producers Square Eyed Pictures said they are making the film, tentatively titled "While They Watched" to raise worldwide awareness of the issue.

      Park Yeon-mi

      The film will try to show what is happening in North Korea and suggest what the international community can do. Based on a hypothetical scenario in which the North Korean regime has collapsed, the film looks back at events.

      Park (21) has become well known on various North Korea-related programs.

      Park fled to South Korea via Mongolia with her mother at the age of 17 in 2009. She fell in love with the English language, which she never learned in North Korea and later hosted an online TV program with an American host and wrote for the Washington Post about the black market in North Korea and the changing mentality of the young generation.

      Last month, she testified about human rights abuses in the British Parliament. Her belief in the demise of the "juche" ideology of self-reliance and rise of the market economy in North Korea has caught the world's attention.

      "While They Watched" will be completed in December and released shortly after.

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