Daniel Gordon’s Crossing the Line, a movie on James Dresnok’s life in North Korea, for one reason or another, is not allowed to stay on Youtube for a long time. Shortly after I first talked about it, the movie was removed from Youtube but today I randomly saw it again browsing on one of the most innovative websites ever.
This time someone else posted it on Youtube in six parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. From my previous reflection, it appears that I missed a North Korean observer who was allegedly watching for any possible awkward situations between the film makers and Mr. Dresnok. That observer can be seen in part 5 (11:45). He can also be seen at another meeting with Joe Dresnok, this time on Al Jazeera.
What I also failed in was noticing that Joe Dresnok actually praised the regime and its two leaders – Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Both on Al Jazeera and in the movie, he gave them kudos for taking care of him. The hint that I talked about can’t be considered a negative view on the regime but merely acknowledging that the North Korean society was fundamentally different from the American society.
I haven’t changed my opinion about Charles Jenkins and Joe Dresnok’s life in the U.S.
In addition to that…
Important topics that I didn’t talk about, due to not having as much academic experience as I do today and due to a further contemplation on the movie, are allegations that North Koreans kidnap Caucasian women – including from the Middle East (in case someone doesn’t consider Middle Easterners to be Caucasians, I do consider them Caucasians) in order to breed Caucasian-looking spies – and propaganda.
Joe Dresnok entirely denied such an act while telling the journalist that he knows that Mr. Jenkins’ wife was kidnapped. While the latter causes us to speculate that kidnappings for such purposes are true, we don’t have such information yet but I personally would not be surprised at all if this is true, especially after having read Reza Kahlili’s A Time to Betray.
When it comes to propaganda, this movie is a classic example of North Korea’s methods of propaganda: in the form of cartoons and reporters being invited to film the “good” (masked) side of the Secret State. No wonder why Mr. Gordon and his team were invited to make the movie. The North Korean government wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to show the world how great its country is and how nice looking (as seen on documentaries made in North Korea) and happy its people are.