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Friday 31 May 2024

Munya Chawawa Returns to Channel 4 with Satirical Documentary on Kim Jong-Un

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By Jon Donnis

Satirist and broadcaster Munya Chawawa is set to return to Channel 4 with a new documentary focusing on North Korea's infamous dictator, Kim Jong-Un. The documentary, produced by Rumpus, promises to deliver Chawawa's trademark wit and biting satire as it explores one of the world's most secretive and controversial regimes.

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Following the success of his critically acclaimed documentary "How To Survive a Dictator," which examined the reign of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Chawawa is now turning his attention to the nuclear-armed state of North Korea. The new documentary, titled "How To Survive a Dictator: North Korea," aims to uncover the truth about Kim Jong-Un and the real extent of the threat he poses.

In the West, Kim Jong-Un is often depicted as a volatile leader ready to unleash nuclear devastation. Despite this portrayal, he has managed to stay in power for 12 years, forming unexpected alliances with figures such as Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, and Vladimir Putin. Chawawa's documentary will delve into the complexities of Kim's rule, questioning how he has maintained his grip on power and exploring the myths surrounding his regime.

The documentary will take viewers on a journey through Switzerland, Seoul, and suburban West London. Chawawa will track down a school friend of Kim's and meet individuals who have experienced the North Korean regime firsthand. Through a blend of history, interviews, and satirical sketches, Chawawa will provide a unique perspective on life under Kim's rule. He will also highlight the stories of those who have risked their lives to defect from North Korea, offering insights from both sides of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Reflecting on the project, Munya Chawawa said, "It's been tricky to not feel a sense of 'apocalypse anxiety' recently - is the world going to end? Are nukes going to be launched? Will we make it to the release of GTA 6?! A lot of that stems from North Korea and Kim Jong Un, so doing this doc has not only been fascinating, but also given me a strange sense of closure, cheers Kim!"

Shaminder Nahal, Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 and Commissioning Editor of the programme, emphasized the importance of the documentary in the current global climate. "In an uncertain and often dangerous world, it feels more important than ever to understand the dictators who wield unchecked power. In his utterly unique style, Munya Chawawa, with the exceptional team from Rumpus led by Iain Wimbush, will explore the world of Kim Jong Un in a surprising and compelling way, asking questions not just about the North Korean regime, but what its existence means for all of us."

With Chawawa's distinctive approach, "How To Survive a Dictator: North Korea" promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of one of the most enigmatic leaders of our time. Viewers can look forward to a documentary that not only informs but also entertains, shedding light on the realities of living under a dictatorship.

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