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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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