PAJU - The Inner Division


The division of Korea is a product of the Korean War, which raged from 1950 to 1953. Though a truce ended the war, to this day the two ideologically opposed nations have not signed a peace treaty. Unlike the former situation in divided Germany, for more than 70 years, the Korean border has prevented any exchange of private correspondence or visits from relatives.
In 1996, the town Paju was founded directly on the border. The trauma of the Korean War left a persistent sense of danger, which inhibited the population of the region. It took the “Freedom Road” — designed to eventually connect North and South Korea — to literally pave the way for a civil infrastructure in the border region. Today, more than 400,000 people live in Paju.

The Freedom Road, ending at DMZ

Technical Data

hooting format: HD 16:9 color
running time: 78 minutes
language version:
Korean and German with English subtitles
screening format: DCP, BluRay

Interview with the director