N.Korea Airs First Western Film on TV

Britain said Thursday that North Korea bent its own rules this week and aired a Western-made film on its state television.

British Ambassador to South Korea Martin Uden posted a message on his Twitter account Thursday that the movie, "Bend It Like Beckham" was broadcast last Sunday, becoming the first Western-made film to air in the North.

During the film, a message was aired saying that it was being shown to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between North Korea and Britain. Uden said the broadcast had been arranged by the British embassy.

The film features soccer, a sport beloved in North Korea, but it also depicts some forbidden topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and religion.

VOA News / Jan. 01, 2011 11:27 KST