Kim Jong Un has a decision to make which maintains his brutal family legacy or becomes a legitimate leader, a dilemma that could ultimately destroy the Kim dynasty.
As North Korea faces a critical crossroads, ‘NORTH KOREA: INSIDE THE MIND OF A DICTATOR’ chronicles the life and reign of Kim Jong Un as the young and unpredictable leader attempts to turn around his nation’s fortunes.
NORTH KOREA: INSIDE THE MIND OF A DICTATOR premieres on May 15th at 9.00 pm as a part of SPOTLIGHT on National Geographic in India.
From 72 Films (“Inside North Korea’s Dynasty,” “Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents,” “Trump: An American Dream”) NORTH KOREA: INSIDE THE MIND OF A DICTATOR features never-before-seen interviews that shed new light on the duality of Kim Jong Un, both his capacity for ruthlessness and a softer side nostalgic for his youth.
For the first time in an extended global television interview, one of the executioners of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Siti Aisyah, tells her extraordinary story. Also, in a world exclusive, João Micaelo, Kim’s former childhood classmate, speaks publicly, for the first time, about visiting Kim in North Korea.
It also tracks the game-changing rise of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jung, to his right-hand woman and voice of the regime, maintaining order using fear and violence while her brother reinvents himself as a modern leader.
The family dynasty and the dictator of the notorious moments which makes the interview into a depth way include:
- a rare interview with Kim Dong Chul, the longest-held American in North Korea, who was imprisoned for spying for the CIA;
- the story of Kim Jong Un’s aunt and uncle who cared for him as a teenager before escaping to the United States;
- US Ambassador John Bolton’s critiques of Trump’s negotiations with North Korea at the summit in Hanoi, insight on the breakdown in peace talks and Kim’s subsequent wrath;
- and an interview with Lee Young Guk, a bodyguard to Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, who spent significant time with Kim Jong Un as a child.
The story takes viewers on a journey through Kim Jong Un’s past and present to understand the man and the myth that holds North Korea’s uncertain future in his hands.
It is produced for National Geographic by 72 Films, For 72 Films, Mark Raphael and David Glover are executive producers, and Carolyn Payne is an executive producer.