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Secret State of North Korea (full documentary)

05 Oct 2021
FRONTLINE shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, revealing how ordinary citizens are resisting one of the world’s most oppressive regimes. (Aired 2014)

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Kim Jong-un rules one of the world’s most isolated countries with an iron fist. Like his father and grandfather, he is trying to maintain tight control over what the world sees of North Korea—and what North Koreans see of the world.

But as FRONTLINE reveals in the 2014 documentary, “Secret State of North Korea,” not only are North Koreans illegally smuggling out information from inside North Korea, a growing cohort of defectors are risking their lives to get information about the outside world. How far will the regime go to hold onto power—and how far will the dissenters and defectors go in challenging Kim Jong-un’s authority?

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