Dennis and the Dictator - An American Idol on a Peace Mission to North Korea

Dennis and the Dictator - An American Idol on a Peace Mission to North Korea

US basketball idol Dennis Rodman is a strange guy - and completely uncontrollable. He's certainly quite different from the all-controlling dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. But in 2014, both of them agreed to organize a high-level sporting tournament: A basketball match in Pyongyang between North Korean teams and former stars of America's NBA to promote peace between the two countries.

Dennis Rodman sees himself as part of a worthy tradition. After all, in the 1970s, American table-tennis players at a tournament in Beijing ushered in the end of the Ice Age between China and the USA. But in Pyongyang, everything goes wrong: the politically naive Rodman, increasingly in thrall to his drinking, embarrasses his own teammates and becomes the target of media attacks back home. It becomes clear that the game will be a birthday gift to the basketball-loving dictator, complete with a serenade to the beloved "Marshal" by the former NBA superstar. Our film shows where naiveté in the face of a repressive regime can lead.

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