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North Koreans see 'Bend it Like Beckham': What do they now know about Western culture?

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Image Credit: Everett Collection North Koreans got a special treat last Sunday when their state-run television broadcasted an edited version of Bend it Like Beckham. Soccer is big in North Korea, and considering the message of the film, it’s a nice choice. In a tweet, British Ambassador to South Korea Martin Uden claimed the broadcast was the “1st ever western-made film to air on TV” in the country. The British Embassy, according to the BBC, arranged it to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between North Korea and the UK. So, what have North Koreans now learned about Western culture? I’ll start: They probably think Keira Knightley isn’t the kind of actress who’d be caught dead in a corset, and that British films always have happy endings. (Did you know in the original draft of Beckham, Jess’s father died and she had to come home and give up her dream? Crowd-pleaser!) Your turn.

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