A Friend of Kim

If you think you have a difficult job, think again. A post as the unofficial UK public relations representative for the so-called world’s most repressive regime is about as demanding as it gets.

Being denounced on international news, shamed in national tabloids, and slandered on social media is all just part of the job for Dermot Hudson, Official Delegate and Chairman of the Korean Friendship Association in the United Kingdom.

As the threat of war loomed between Trump & the West and Kim Jong Un & North Korea, KFA set out to defend the independence and socialist construction of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, to fight the “mirror of lies,” and to promote its Juche Ideology, the official state ideology of North Korea.

For the first time, Dermot allowed a film crew into his work and home in order to tell his story. This short documentary delves into Hudson's life to capture a portrait of a man alienated by his own nation and unafraid to speak out against the status quo, even at the peak of media and public hysteria.


NYC Independent Film Festival, Nominated for Best Short Documentary 2019

Director: Dan Hodgson
Producers: Dan Hodgson & Mariana Torii
Cinematography: João Luís Ribeiro & Dan Hodgson
Sound: Guy Dowsett