I recently watched a video titled VICE: Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea. The video has since been removed from youtube. The video covered the trip of the Vice crew, Dennis Rodman, and three Harlem Globetrotters players for a good-will basketball game. The beginning of the trip seemed eerie due to a celebration of a recent nuclear test launch. I believe celebrating the launch itself is a way to show prowess and strength not only to the people in North Korea but to other countries.
Later during the trip, the group was shown various buildings of importance. One building contained large effigies of North Koreas previous leaders, Kim Jong-Il, and Kim Il-Sung. The previous leaders are treated as gods the video states. Their control on the people is further shown when the crew notices they themselves are among very few people for the duration of the tour. They are told what to film and what is acceptable. This insight shows how oppressed and controlled these people are.