I have come across several remarkably well done resources regarding North Korea. My fascination is steeped both in my interest in history and DPRK's relationship to the ROK. It seems the more I find out about North Korea, the more surprised I am. My history nerd sense is tingling!
Here are what I would consider mandatory viewing material for anyone interested in history and North Korea in general:
- National Geographic Magazine - Escaping North Korea - Feb 2009
read.this.article. It's compelling and tense enough to make you pause life for half an hour while you read it. It tells the story of three North Koreans and their escape. I can't remember the last time my attention was held like this.
- National Geographic Magazine - Escaping North Korea - Field Notes
curious as to what happened after the story was written? read this interview with the author to learn what happened to the escapees and what exactly the author got from his remarkable story.
- National Geographic Explorer - Inside Undercover in North Korea - Alternative link
Lisa Ling goes undercover in this documentary under the guise of a humanitarian mission for blind people. however, she ends up getting much more than footage than what they plan. fifty minutes well spent.
- Don't Tell My Mother That I Am In North Korea - Alternative link
French-Canadian reporter Diego Bunuel gets a rather unique guided tour of North Korea. Nice to see cities and countryside outside of Pyongyang
- North Korea - A Day In The Life - 2004 Documentary - Alternative link - Alternative link
full-length documentary by Pieter Fleury (Netherlands) that has pretty much been the standard viewing material for life in North Korea. the only comment I have to make is a common one - this is sugar-coated a Pyongyang tour video but even at that it's still a hard pill to swallow. The DVD has a great Q&A session of the director and those filmed watching the finished movie together.