Crossing The Line: North Korea

This is the story of James Joseph Dresnok, once a United States Army private, who successfully crossed the minefield-strewn demilitarized zone and defected to North Korea during the war.

Dresnok has spent more than half his life living, working, and raising a family in North Korea, and was nicknamed Comrade Joe by Western media when he walked into infamy at the height of the Cold War, still remaining a man of eternally divided loyalties.

From his appalling childhood in a rural 1950′s Virginia foster home, to interviews with his fellow GI’s, Crossing the Line uses combined historical footage with contemporary interviews to both uncover the Kim-Jong Il regime and end 44 years of secrecy and rumour by allowing Dresnok to tell his own story.

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  • pigbait

    I thought this was a super-interesting film…Western & Eastern governments are both rich in progaganda. I admire Joe Dresnok and his difficult life story. What a world we’re livin’ in these daze…I think in the end, that it’ll have been the Anachists and the folks in the tin foil hats that will have been the most on target.
    “A paranoid man is a man with all the facts.” WS Burroughs

  • chard01

    excellent! genuinely a rare honest view of north korea without all the bullshit

  • botton man

    What a bunch of lies korea has no food or drink there, everyone is still starving and yet they had to make sure in every shot there was lots of food and liquor.After the film i no dam well they are back to poverty.They think they are fooling everyone there so broke and there economy is so depleted lmao.We should just drop a nuke on them before they try to nuke us,end of story.

    • Top Man

      Yeah better kill them all before the world discovers that American propaganda is bullshit. WTF is wrong with you people? Can’t you just mind your own business ever?

  • http://twitter.com/definatalie Natalie Perkins

    Video no longer available :(

    • bringmeredwine

      I just watched it now, April 23.
      Try it again!

  • Stefan O.

    I found this
    documentary quite interesting. I must add though that I would not be surprised
    if Dresnok said what he said was under duress, or at least part of what he
    said.

  • bringmeredwine

    James is a very articulate man, for someone with little education.
    Frankly, I don’t know what to believe.
    I listened to a doc on CBC radio a few months ago, about a young man who’d escaped a labour camp in North Korea, where female prisoners were forced to “breed” additional workers who would remain there for their entire lives. This is how he was born.
    Prisoners were fed nothing, and only subsisted on whatever they could find.
    I’m so lucky to be born in Canada!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.lammens Bryan Lammens

    This is one of the best documentary Ive seen in years!!! The only other documentaries I can recall being as captivating as this one would be “the revolution will not be televised” and the “locked up abroad – the true midnight express”.
    Countries that have embargos imposed on them make their country poorer and harder to run, I hate Capitalism, Im not saying North Korea is a democratic-everyone’s happy country but they are far from being as bad as the evil mainstream medias portray them.

  • Fiala

    Video does not exist…so I watched it on youtube.