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Children of the Secret State (2001)

A documentary about a North Korean that repeatedly goes back into the country with a hidden camera to film the orphans dying of starvation in the streets.


Carla Garapedian


Joe Layburn
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A documentary about a North Korean that repeatedly goes back into the country with a hidden camera to film the orphans dying of starvation in the streets.

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29 March 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

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14 July 2006 | by jessie_shinSee all my reviews

We don't really know the true extent of the atrocities occurring in North Korea but this undercover footage shot secretly by a North Korean citizen certainly offers strong insight. This man is risking execution to expose the inhuman state that most of his countrymen are living in and I commend his courage and hopefully, this will open the eyes of prosperous Western powers to intervene.

Previous commenter Danila was apparently insulted by this documentary, although not sure why. She seems certain that it's manipulative propaganda - propaganda for what? Helping starving orphans? If so, why is that wrong? Does she believe that these are child actors so brilliant that they can fake gaunt faces, hair-turned-white from malnutrition, and weakness from hunger so great that they can barely speak? Unless she is an expatriate of DPRK or spawn of Kim Jong Il himself, Danila is in no position to dispute this documentary's authenticity. She keeps searching for additional "evidence" to support the footage but I'm not sure what misled her into thinking DPRK was not a highly secretive COMMUNIST state but more like SHARK ATTACK on Discovery Channel with a wealth of concrete documentation available.

As a UCLA grad with a B.A. in English, I'm surprisingly at a loss for words to appropriately describe her hateful commentary other than - RETARDED. She must also believe that the Holocaust never happened and it is naive, ignorant, close-minded people like Danila that are the most dangerous because they stand in the way of reform and relief. Danila has formed extremely strong opinions despite the fact that she is no expert on the subject matter. No one knows for sure what's going on in DPRK, certainly not Danila, but if it was all going so swimmingly well, why are they not broadcasting their success and well-being to the rest of the world as propaganda to prove that communism is superior to democracy? She obviously does not live in the DPRK so is in no position to challenge the documentary.

CHILDREN OF THE SECRET STATE demonstrates that the people of the DPRK are oppressed and poverty-stricken. If Danila doesn't want to help the people of the DPRK, she doesn't have to, but I beg her, don't hinder the efforts of others who may.

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