“Bend It Like Beckham” will be the first Western-made movie shown in North Korea

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This past Sunday, to mark the tenth anniversary of diplomatic ties between Britain and North Korea, the country's state-run TV — which is normally all state-made news programs (and I use "news" loosely) — showed the 2002 British soccer film Bend It Like Beckham. (Though I guess out of deference to this particular news item I should say "football movie.") Earlier today, Martin Uden, the British ambassador to South Korea, tweeted "Happy Christmas in Pyongyang. On 26/12 Bend it like Beckham was 1st ever western-made film to air on TV. Well done to UK Embassy 4 arranging"

In case you've never seen the wildly popular film, it's about two British girls who play together on a football team. Jess, whose family is Sikh, must hide her involvement from her parents, while Jules must convince her mother she's not a lesbian. Here's the trailer:

If you're wondering, "How did a movie that basically celebrates a spirit of rebellion and doing your own thing despite what others say get shown in North Korea?" But don't worry: the movie's about two hours long; in North Korea, it ran for about sixty minutes.