Movement of People and Goods


  • A Tale of Two Heavens: Escaping North Korea | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, from the Wide Angle episode "Crossing Heaven's Border," students will learn about the conditions in authoritarian North Korea that have compelled many North Koreans to attempt a dangerous escape to what they see as the "Heaven" of capitalist South Korea.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Brainwashed | Wide Angle

    In this video, excerpted from the Wide Angle film "Crossing Heaven's Border," evolving and enlightened attitudes in South Korea toward once-vilified North Koreans are contrasted with North Korea's ongoing brainwashing of its own citizens through propaganda. The latter is illustrated here by Park Un Suk, a young North Korean who resolutely defends Kim Jong Il's regime as her older sister Park Gum Suk tries, unsuccessfully, to convince her to defect and join her in South Korea.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Coping with the Crisis | Wide Angle

    This video from Wide Angle provides insight into an Iraqi refugee’s life in Jordan, as well as his life before leaving Iraq. The video explores how host countries Jordan and Syria are coping with the Iraqi refugee crisis and features an interview with Jordan’s Queen Noor.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Flight to Freedom | Wide Angle

    In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Crossing Heaven's Border," North Korean defector Gum Hee makes preparations to leave China—where she has been living illegally with her son Bo Song since defecting from North Korea—for South Korea. It is a risky plan involving a forged Chinese passport and a heartbreaking sacrifice: she must leave her son Bo Song behind in China, and hope to send for him once she’s established herself in South Korea.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Going Home? | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Iraqi Exodus" explores the challenges Iraqi refugees face and the tough decisions they make to either stay in a host country or return home.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Heaven on Earth | Wide Angle

    This video from the Wide Angle film "Crossing Heaven's Border" offers a look inside North Korea since the 1994 ascension to power of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il—a dictator whose brutal and often incompetent policies resulted in an economic collapse and the subsequent "Great Famine" of the mid-90s, and whose secret police continue to suppress dissenters. In contrast, South Korea represents "heaven" to North Korean defectors, who seek to find there a "first world" standard of living and political freedom.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Iraqi Refugee Crisis | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Iraqi Exodus" provides an overview of the Iraqi refugee crisis and challenges the refugees face.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Worth the Risk? | Wide Angle

    This video, excerpted from the Wide Angle film "Crossing Heaven's Border," captures the human drama—and tragedy—which unfolds regularly on the Tumen River dividing North Korea and China: North Korean defectors risking everything to escape the oppressive regime of Kim Jong Il. Here one such escape attempt is a documented by a covert team of South Korean journalists.

    Grades: 9-12

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