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Drones Are Dropping Dystopian Films Like 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Into North Korea
Since 2011, an escapee from North Korea's prison camps named Kwan Jung-il has been working through his organization No Chain to bring provocative Western entertainment to the culturally isolated people of his hellish former home. They've been delivering media with balloons, but that's about to change.
Now, No Chain is using the increasingly ubiquitous technology of helicopter drones to drop cinematic tales of the oppressed and mistreated into the communist state.
“Dystopian films are very popular among North Koreans, films like The Hunger Games and Mad Max. James Bond films are also popular."
Drones drop films, information into N. Korea, activists say
tealthy helicopter drones have been delivering SD cards and flash drives to North Korean residents hungry for entertainment and information from the outside, a North Korean defector and activist said Wednesday.
Jung Gwang-il, founder of the group No Chain, said the drones have been delivering the contraband since early 2015.
The SD cards and USB flash drives contain Western and South Korean films, TV shows, music and internet-free access to Wikipedia -- media that will help get outside information to North Koreans, who are kept behind an invisible wall that cuts them off from outside influence.
Using such drones has long been discussed among North Korean activists, but it's the first time a group acknowledged that it had been secretly using them to make deliveries to North Korea.
"I put great hope in these sticks," said Jung, holding up a USB flash drive as he spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum on Wednesday. "I believe this has power to bring freedom to my country."