As many people sit in anticipation of a new season of Game of Thrones to tell a fictional story of deception, murder, betrayal and lies, little does the world realize that a REAL game of thrones may have been played in North Korea for over three generations.
National Geographic’s currently available “INSIDE NORTH KOREA’S DYNASTY” documentary (1 Season, 4 Episodes) tells a story of the Kim family power, from the founder of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, to the turbulent international relationship with Kim Jong-il, to the meeting in June between the current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, which made international headlines across the world.
A special preview for Washington audiences prior to its online release was an eagerly anticipated event.
The documentary provides a new look at the Kim dynasty providing a more complex and comprehensive view than ever before seen in a North Korean documentary. The documentary goes behind the scenes of the family dynamics at the heart of North Korea, and provides an opportunity to become immersed in a complex dark and surreal potential real life Game of Thrones.
David Glover and Mark Raphael of U.K.-based 72 Films, and Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, directors of other National Geographic documentaries, have been working on bringing this new documentary of North Korea for over a year. Producers went through more than 400 hours of tapes to assemble a collection of archival footage to drive the narrative.
Rare, firsthand interviews are used, as well as secret videos and audio recordings, to capture historic moments in the Kim Dynasty. All this comes together to provide an in-depth view of the current leader.
*All images credit Eric Linderman