* Date : 2016-08-31
Ever since the military demarcation line divided the Korean peninsula after the Korean War, the concept of "border" has been understood as an impenetrable fortress to many Koreans. After 70 years of division, the national border is equivalent to separation and fragmentation.
Questioning such stereotypical definition of the border, four young people begin a 1480km voyage to the borderlands of North Korea and China. A graduate student with a major in North Korean studies, a third generation diaspora, and a foreign study-abroad student from East Germany traversed across the Amnokgang River to the Tumen River. Under the guidance of North Korean specialist Lee Ho-gyu and Dr. Kang Ju-won, they encountered the people and lives of the border area. From swimming in the Amnokgang River to the magnificent sight of wooden raft transporting trees, the festivities of the North Korean election scene, and the splendor of the caldera lake of Mt. Baekdusan, the Amnokgang River was a place not of division but of communication and interaction.
Experiencing the border from Dandung, China to Hassan, Russia, a breadth of stories unfolds. "Crossing Borders, the Amnokgang River," is the first chapter of a two-part Arirang TV documentary "Borderless 1480." It follows the 10-day journey of discovering a new meaning to borders along the Amnokgang River from Dandung, China to Mt. Baedusan.