Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector, is partnering with the Human Rights Foundation to produce 100,000 copies of the film on DVD and USB memory stick with Korean subtitles. He hopes to launch balloons carrying the first batch of films in late January.
Starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, The Interview depicts a faux CIA operation to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. In the weeks leading up to the film’s release, Sony Pictures was the victim of a massive cyberhack which saw thousands of intimate documents leaked online. The US government alleges that North Korea is behind the attack, a charge which North Korea denies.
Sang-hak believes releasing The Interview to people in North Korea will jeopardize the cult built around Kim Jong-Un. “North Korea’s absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down.”
Very few people in North Korea have access to a DVD player or computer, so it’s not entirely clear how many, if any, individuals will be able to watch the film if they were able to obtain a copy.