N Koreans given football film treat
Published 30/12/2010 | 14:01
North Koreans got a rare treat this week - a state TV broadcast of the football film Bend It Like Beckham.
The 2002 film starring Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Myers was a break from the regular programming of news, documentaries and soap operas. Western films are largely off limits in the isolated country.
The broadcast, monitored in Seoul on December 26, appeared to be edited as it was only an hour long.
In a tweet, the British Ambassador to South Korea, Martin Uden, called the broadcast the "1st ever western-made film to air on TV" in North Korea. The British Embassy arranged it.
Bend It Like Beckham features a sport beloved among North Koreans, but it also has taboo topics, like inter-racial relationships, homosexuality and religion.