Our process - How we work

We approach the production with the same spirit as organizations like the National Association of Families of Korean War Abductees and POWs.


Reliability of Information : Since North Korea is a very closed society, it may be difficult to collect reliable information and data. In addition, there may be limited accessibility in conducting interviews with prisoners of war and defectors.

Political Sensitivity : Content related to North Korea is a politically sensitive topic, thus, it requires consideration of political and diplomatic issues during the production process.

Security Issues : It is necessary to ensure the safety of interview subjects and those involved in the production. Caution must be taken as there is a risk of retaliation against the families of defectors or prisoners of war.

International Interest and Distribution : To attract international attention and ensure effective distribution, it is necessary to have appropriate marketing strategies and secure distribution channels for the produced documentary.

Promotion of Awareness of Human Rights Issues : To raise international awareness of human rights issues within North Korea and stimulate global interest in this matter.

Promotion of Change and Influence : Such documentaries can exert international pressure on the human rights situation in North Korea and, in the long run, have the potential to promote change and influence.

Providing the Voice of Victims : It is an opportunity to provide a platform for defectors and refugees who have escaped from North Korea to share their stories with the world.

Educational Value : It has educational value in raising awareness of this issue and contributing to international human rights and history education.

Advocating for Policy Change : It provides an opportunity to advocate for policy changes with governments and international organizations and to develop better policies and programs to support victims.

Included in this phase

  • Statement
  • Interview
  • On-site Coverage
  • Legal Application Status


It is produced based on materials from Korea and neighboring countries.


- Comparison between North Korean Defectors and South Korean Prisoners of War

- Stories of South Korean Prisoners of War and Their Families

- The State of Strange Law Applications Regarding War Heroes


- Status of American Prisoners of War and the Exploits of War Heroes in the United States

- Introduction to American War Heroes and Their Families

- Monument for the Fallen Soldiers and the Status of Abductees in the United States


- Current Situation of North Korean Defectors in China and the North Korean Border Area

- Story of the Current Status of South Korean Prisoners of War Detained in North Korea

- Interview with a Chinese Professor and a Professor from the Department of North Korean Studies at Kyungnam University in South Korea

- North Korea and China Relations Post-COVID

- The Reality of the Repatriation Process of South Korean Prisoners of War - The Story of Brokers and Traders


- Tracking Japanese Missing Persons Who Participated in the Korean War in Place of American Soldiers

- Introduction to American War Heroes and Their Families

- Monument for the Fallen Soldiers and the Status of Abductees in the United States


Indicators of Perception Change

Following the screening of the documentary, perception changes regarding North Korean prisoners of war and human rights issues are measured through surveys conducted with the audience.

Ex) Measuring the change in the awareness of human rights issues among the audience before and after the screening.

Policy Impact Indicators

To measure the documentary's impact, records are kept of the number of official discussions or proposals related to the repatriation of prisoners of war and related policies within 6 months after the screening, either by the government or international organizations.

Ex) By counting the number of discussions or proposals related to policies, it is possible to measure the impact of the documentary on policy changes.

Anticipated Key Activities

  • Number of Expert Interviews. The total number of expert interviews conducted during the project.
  • Country-wise Expert Participation Rate. The percentage of experts participating from each country such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, etc.
  • Collaboration with Domestic and International Professors. Collaboration Relationship and Activity Level with Professors from the North Korean Studies Department at Kyungnam University, South Korea.
  • Assessment of Interview Quality and Content. Metrics for Evaluating the Quality of Interview Content and the Utility of Information.
  • Utility of Interview Results. Metrics for How Interview Results are Utilized in Achieving Project Goals.
  • Effectiveness of Expert Interviews. Assessment of How Information Obtained Through Interviews Contributes to Project Outputs and Goal Achievement.

Using such performance indicators, it is possible to track and evaluate whether the project is achieving its goals and how interviews with experts contribute to the project.

Our Value - Key Activity Expectations

These activities can contribute to raising awareness of North Korea's human rights issues through the expansion of domestic and international screenings of the documentary, reaching a diverse audience, and utilization in human rights and military education.

  • Media Screening Negotiation. We will propose a screening schedule in Korea in consultation with KBS, the Korean broadcasting station, and plan international screenings in cooperation with major broadcasting stations and film festivals in the United States, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and other countries abroad.
  • Collaboration with OTT Platforms. We strive to offer the film through collaboration with major OTT platforms, including Netflix, to reach a broader audience.
  • Education and Military Material Utilization. We collaborate with relevant institutions and educational organizations to provide the documentary as material for human rights and military education, ensuring its availability as a necessary resource.