Despite extensive surveillance a German film team managed to shoot officially forbidden motifs and gain surprising insights into North Korea’s everyday life. A seldom seen road trip across North Korea. A bizarre and beautiful country of contrasts, North Korea has long kept its citizens in an ideological freeze. But more and more ordinary people now have the cash to afford imported Western luxuries, thanks to new jobs across the border in China, and the emergence of a thriving black market. Members of Korea’s new class of nouveau riches are starting to look to the outside world, sensing an urge for freedom and doubting their regime’s narrative of a ‘happy, heroic nation’.