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Inside North Korea

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Cross into North Korea, one of the world's most secretive nations, for a rare glimpse of the country and its dictator Kim Jong II.

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Cross into North Korea, one of the world's most secretive nations, for a rare glimpse of the country and its dictator Kim Jong II.

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Roxy Slay
Roxy Slay

I watched part of this "documentary" or better "mockumentary"  on Netflix and I had to stop as I was so irritated by the condescending manner of the journalist and the obvious propaganda. The point of documentaries is to give unbiased information but this was extremely apathetic when empathy is the goal. I am so disappointed and this makes me question the substance of all NG's airings. You need to be more careful. I expect this from Fox News or CNN. 

Ligeia G
Ligeia G

I do not appreciate all the ironic commentary. Shame on you, NG. I know the situation is crazy, but for once it will be nice that you present me with the information, and let me do the reasoning as the viewer.

Nanette Serrano
Nanette Serrano

I am also in the U.S. and the video will not show up for me to watch.

Cindy Leeming
Cindy Leeming

I am with BN on this one.  I am from Australia, I subscribe to your site as well as to your paper magazine and yet I am blocked from watching your video on the internet.  This is craziness.  Especially when it either has or eventually will be shown on foxtel on our home screens. There needs to be an equalising here.  Geo-blocking is so old school.  You sound like  you come from China or..... North Korea. ;-)  jokes aside, please, please fix this.  It is truly irritating. 

James Lind
James Lind

OK. I am in the US. I get to this page. There is no video of any kind whatsoever. There isn't a place to watch it. Just nothign at all.

Jeff Hertrick
Jeff Hertrick

To people outside of the U.S. receiving messages who are unable to view this video: it is restricted due to legal rights issues. Ownership of this video clip and the Explorer show is restricted to the United States. Geo-blocking is in place to protect our television partners in other countries, as well as in the U.S.

B N
B N

Remember that when you block content to anyone outside the US, you are restricting information on the basis of birthright.

Having spent the last 20 years of my life as a professional Network Engineer my goal has been to help people globally to be able to communicate, share information and help people that never would have had access to an education be able to learn. Geo-blocking content is the antithesis of that.

You are not making the world better by doing this. Please stop.

B N
B N

Being from Australia, I get a message saying "We're sorry, this video is not currently available in this country."

You're losing any moral high ground you might have about state censorship.

Jeff Hertrick
Jeff Hertrick

Though this episode of National Geographic Explorer was produced several years ago, it gives a rare look inside the country that the rest of the world knows very little about. 

Gracie Callaghan
Gracie Callaghan

@Roxy Slay  I understand where your coming from, I don't appreciate biased information at all either but is it possible that because North Korea is so removed from the rest of the world, and ruled by an absolute dictator that its not biased information its just this extreme, its so completely one sided, that it seems biased to the viewer but this is what the camera crew learned and went through, and there was no sugar coating for it.  When you give information (especially if its a documentary) you want the viewer to conclude with its own perspective, when you have a place like North Korea that has undergone exclusivity to this extreme there only is one perspective to recieve from this.  I believe there was a lot of empathy in this documentary because what moved me was not sympathizing for the people, what moved me was understanding the life they lived, and realizing what it might be like to live in their shoes.  The goal is not always to empathize its to recognize that other places are different and to except difference but also understand when the difference is good versus dentrimental to others.  The journalists were not condescending like you suggested they were conclusive in their findings and made you appreciate the freedom that is given in our world today.  Comparing this airing with Fox news or CNN is just wrong because it was so detailed and well done.  


I appreciate and accept your perspective I just don't agree with it!

Roxy Slay
Roxy Slay

@Ligeia G   I agree. I was watching this via Netflix and had to find the site just to share how disappointed I am in NG. This was inappropriate.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy moderator expert

Hi @James Lind - We're sorry to hear you can't see the video. If you don't mind sending us more detail about what the page looks like and what browser you're using to hello AT nationalgeographic.com, we would be happy to look into the issue.