North Korea - Life Inside the Secret State
North Korea - Life Inside the Secret State
47 min • Society, Politics & World Affairs • 2014

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This programme shows the viewer what life is like under leader Kim Jong Un, highlighting the contrast of 70% of farms still dependent on ox-drawn ploughs to the glittering life of the elite in Pyongyang and the huge growth of private markets in the cities. The starving children on the streets are victims not of the famine, but of artificial food shortages engendered by corruption. We are shown the secret trade in USBs, cell phones and DVDs from the South, which are transforming North Koreans’ views of their world in which an estimated 130,000 political prisoners are still imprisoned.