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CROSSING THE LINE
USA: Kino International
Cast: James Dresnok, Charles Robert Jenkins, Christian Slater (narrator)
Director: Daniel Gordon
Countries: UK / North Korea
USA: 90 mins
USA Release Date: 17 August 2007 (Limited Release - San Francisco)
USA Release Date: 10 August 2007 (Limited Release)
James Joseph Dresnok was the last American defector in North Korea. CROSSING THE LINE is a documents this story - a story of defection, kidnap, love, and political intrigue, all set and captured in the most secret and inaccessible country on earth: North Korea.
In the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, four US soldiers defected to North Korea. None of the men had any idea what awaited them on the other side and no one knows why, until now. Publishing propaganda pamphlets, telling the world how happy they were in 'the People's Paradise' and even starring in propaganda films, vilifying US servicemen, they became North Korean national heroes.
Dresnok has now lived for 44 years in Pyongyang, capital city of North Korea, one of the most deeply anti-American societies in the world, where he worked as an English teacher for the Korean People's Army. He has learned the language and the system.
For the first time, Dresnok tells his story.