North Korea - All the dictator's men | DW Documentary

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North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, but its leader Kim Jong Un has still found the money he needs to finance a nuclear weapons program, despite the country's fundamental poverty and international economic sanctions.

This documentary looks at how, and introduces the men who have helped Kim Jong Un keep his dreams of reaching nuclear power status alive. North Korea has not reined in its nuclear program, despite a number of UN resolutions that have tried to force it to do so. So how has the isolated country kept the program going despite sanctions? Every year Pyongyang sends millions of North Korean workers abroad, selling their services to over 40 countries around the world. And their salaries flow directly into Kim’s treasury. The only ones who know exactly how the system works are the men who have helped the North Korean government carry through the program for years. A film team spent years researching these men and their secrets - from bankers and diplomats to the laborers and specialists who worked abroad and whose wages flowed into the regime's coffers. Come and meet all the dictator’s men.


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This is such a powerfully edited and profoundly paced documentary DW. Eye opening stuff.

Author — backto1960


Having the same melody played every morning at 6AM is enough to qualify the place as hell on earth.

Author — Ro lf


That Music North Koreans are forced Listen to every Morning, sounds like something you would hear from a 70s Horror Movie.

Author — BeyondChange


8:50 guy is savage gives kim the middle finger when he says his name

Author — BC XII


Dude sits in the mock apartment all day and has flashbacks.

Author — C A


Kim is only fat his people looks so skinny..

Author — Tsering Tsering Dolker


Not getting paid when you've worked is called slavery

Author — YD Schools


This documentary is informative but it doesn’t not show the real true face of North Korea. Children starving, no heat, prison camps, and the 3 generation policy.

Author — lil peldro


The producer didn’t do a good job in protecting interviewee‘s face. By adjusting bright,you can still see his face.

Author — Vladimir Lenin


When Kim drops his mixtape but forgets he banned internet

Author — Nick X


17:00 - man, please, come on. You know that if they talked to you, they would be putting their entire family at risk.

Author — Lash LaRue


take your freedom for granted everyday you wake up.

Author — T.C. Williams


So a communist regime turned out to be a huge mafia that, in this case, has its own country with a population to exploit and bully.

Sounds like a very lucrative endeavour.

Author — Sevnes Ioran


Hearing these hardworking people attribute all THEIR efforts into resurrecting their economy to that fat lump of toejam is heartbreaking...

Author — Illuminocalypse


29:32 "This afternoon the sky is gray, but it will be nice again tomorrow"
That speaker gives me the creeps.

Same with the song at 6 AM every morning.

Author — nahn111


That eerie morning music is from a horror movie.

Author — Juanita Richards


These documentaries are soooo gooood. Big thank you to everyone who made them. Also really enjoyed the one about poverty. So well filmed and story well told !

Author — Karolina Bobrik


We need to find KJU's child, who is probably kept secret and abroad, to educate him/her about what they are doing. If necessary, stop them from returning only to continue the dictatorship

Author — Sample Text


28:46 That guy in the back probably got tortured after they left the building.

Author — Belgian John


when he started talking about the shoe machines i was like "wow, congrats for achieving the industrial revolution"

Author — Lu Geiger