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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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