North Korea airs Bend It Like Beckham, a first-ever western film

Not sure why North Korea is all hyped up about this chick-flick from almost 10 years ago, but the country decided to approve a nation-wide screening of Bend It Like Beckham, apparently its first-ever airing of a western-made film.

Arranged by the British embassy, the movie is definitely worlds apart from the shows North Koreans get to watch on the state-run TV.  The communist country’s programming includes “animations, hagiographies of its leaders and images celebrating the country’s army, model farms and model villages.”

Sounds like riveting stuff.

And while North Korea has never struck me as a country that particularly cared about diplomacy, the country apparently aired the film to commemorate its 10-year anniversary of diplomatic ties with the UK.

Or maybe even North Korea can’t resist the hotness of Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra.

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Go figure that this isolated communist country is a little out of sync with the rest of the world.  Read about North Korea’s creepy Facebook and Twitter accounts and Kim Jong Il’s “fashionable” outfits.

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