To feed his family in North Korea, Dae Sung Kim illegally traded goods across the border with China, and was put on a government watch list. To save himself, he had to flee south.
Life in South Korea was much different. In North Korea, there were times he went without food for a whole week and his only dream was to eat a stomach-full. In South Korea, he found plentiful food and a place where people had bigger dreams.
Dae Sung Kim became a venture capitalist for other North Korean refugees, helping them start businesses and transform their dreams into reality.
Learn how Korea became two very different countries divided by the 38th Parallel. Hear Kim's story of Escape! from North Korea, and how he hopes to one day return to his former homeland.
"In South Korea, everyone is entitled to have a dream." – Dae Sung Kim
This DVD contains a bonus interview with the authors of the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the World Report, explaining how the index works and the correlations they've discovered between economic freedom and people's well-being.
Escape! covers numerous educational standards across several subject areas including ELL, Language Arts, and Social Studies for Grades 7-12. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district follows, use our Standards Alignment tool.
The DVD was very informative. My students were engaged and excited to do a research project on North and South Korea after watching the DVD.
Lydia Fulse Social Studies - 10 Hackettstown High School, Washington, NJ
Excellent way for students to understand the economic differences between North and South Korea through a first hand account of someone who lived in North Korea and escaped to start a new life in South Korea.
Janice Williamson Economics - 12 Conroe High School, Conroe, TX
Excellent opportunity for students to see a true comparison of limited and free enterprise.
Joan Pewett Math - 12 Lancaster High School, Lancaster, VA
The video was used to generate discussion and debate on economic and cultural differences between countries. It worked out great as the English teacher was using the novel "Escape from Camp 14" in his class room which drew the students into the video and the novel deeper. Worked out great for both classrooms.
Edmund Michalski Other - 11,12 J. C. Harmon High School, Kansas City, KS