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Citadel News Service
2 Nov 2009

Story of modern day underground railroad coming to The Citadel

The Citadel Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice will host a screening of the documentary “Seoul Train” about North Korean refugees who risk their lives trying to escape their country through the secret passages of the Underground Railroad of Asia.

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"Seoul Train" productions and directors Jim Butterworth and Lisa Sleeth in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China.

The screening will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 in Bond Hall Room 165. It is free and open to the public.

"Seoul Train" has been called a definitive exposé into a growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis, portraying not only the human toll, but also the complex geopolitics of a crisis that threatens to undermine the stability of East Asian peace. The film combines secret footage, personal stories and interviews with experts and government officials and depicts the flouting of international laws by major countries, the inaction and bureaucracy of the United Nations, and the heroics of activists that put themselves in harm’s way to save the refugees.

The documentary grew out of the July 2003 imprisonment of a New York Times photographer who had gone to China to document the North Korean refugees’ plight.

“When we learned about this incident and the attendant human rights crisis in North Korea, we were shocked that we had never heard about it, much less read about it in the New York Times,” said Directors Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butterworth. “With millions of people dead, hundreds dying daily and a dearth of press coverage or international attention, we knew that the issue needed advocacy. That’s when we decided to use the power of the media to help make a difference.”

For more information contact The Citadel Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at 843.953.5072.

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