• Short Summary

    FREEDOM VILLAGE, SITUATED IN THE DEMILITARISED ZONE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA, IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD WHERE VILLAGERS PAY NO TAXES, ARE SUBJECT TO NO WRITTEN LAWS AND LEAD THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT LIVES AND MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

  • Description

    FREEDOM VILLAGE, SITUATED IN THE DEMILITARISED ZONE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA, IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD WHERE VILLAGERS PAY NO TAXES, ARE SUBJECT TO NO WRITTEN LAWS AND LEAD THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT LIVES AND MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

    SOME TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE LIVE THERE. MOSTLY RICE FARMERS, THEIR CONTACT WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD IS MAINTAINED BY SOUTH KOREAN AND U.S. SOLDIERS WHO BRING SUPPLIES AND CARRY LOCAL PRODUCTS TO OUTSIDE MARKETS.

    FACING FREEDOM VILLAGE, ACROSS THE NORTH-SOUTH BORDER, IS ANOTHER VILLAGE. THIS IS MAINTAINED BY NORTH KOREA AUTHORITIES, BUT IS PRACTICALLY DESERTED. SOUTH KOREANS IN FREEDOM VILLAGE CALL THIS PLACE "PROPAGANDA VILLAGE".

    FREEDOM VILLAGE WAS ESTABLISHED AT THE END OF THE WAR IN KOREA. THE PEOPLE OF TAE SONG DONG HAD FLED WHEN FIGHTING RAGED ACROSS THEIR LAND BUT RETURNED WHEN HOSTILITIES CEASED. SOUTH KOREAN AND U.S. AUTHORITIES BUILT TAE SONG DONG OUT OF THE WRECKAGE THAT REMAINED, PROVIDING HOUSES, A GENERATING PLANT, A MILL AND MEDICAL FACILITIES.

    NOW, NEARLY FIFTEEN YEARS LATER, FREEDOM VILLAGE IS A THRIVING LITTLE COMMUNITY. HAVING NO WRITTEN LAWS, THE VILLAGERS SETTLE THEIR OWN DISPUTES AT MEETINGS TO WHICH THE WHOLE VILLAGE IS SUMMONED BY THE RINGING OF THE VILLAGE BELL. THE CHILDREN OF THE COMMUNITY ARE EDUCATED BY TWO SCHOOLTEACHERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZFUOLI6954EYK88DIU4ZJXP1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZFUOLI6954EYK88DIU4ZJXP1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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