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Undercover in North Korea

Ever since the 'police action' that dragged the world back into conflict so soon after the Second World War, a mysterious shroud has hung over the Hermit Kingdom. And North Korea has only grown stranger since, thanks to the eccentricities of leaders such as Kim Jong Il. Such peculiarities do little to ease tensions between the world and this destitute nation, especially when it demonstrates WMD pretensions.
October 5, 2007


Ever since the ‘police action’ that dragged the world back into conflict so soon after the Second World War, a mysterious shroud has hung over the Hermit Kingdom. And North Korea has only grown stranger since, thanks to the eccentricities of leaders such as Kim Jong Il. Such peculiarities do little to ease tensions between the world and this destitute nation, especially when it demonstrates WMD pretensions.

National Geographic is one of the few outlets with an international brand recognizable enough to be allowed inside North Korea to see its inner workings. There we witness what it’s like for citizens whose lives could literally depend on the magnitude of their professed devotion to their omnipotent leader.

Undercover in North Korea is a unique experience. Shot in HD, it provides a stunning and rarely glimpsed view across the 38th parallel.

Partners: National Geographic Television distributed through National Geographic Television International
Aired: April 2007
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding US

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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