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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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