Whats Worth Watching: Mr. Rodman Goes To North Korea

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Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (Friday, June 26, 9/8c, Showtime)

Controversy takes center court in Showtime’s new documentary Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang thanks to the unlikely friendship between one of professional basketball’s most flamboyant players of all time and one of the world’s most dangerous leaders. While some critics argue Rodman should avoid any activity with the United States’ enemy North Korea, the Colin Offland-directed film features new interview footage showing a passionate and emotional side of Rodman that might surprise even the most fervent basketball fans. Rodman truly believes he can be a bridge between the two countries, and in order to symbolically bring them together, he stages a basketball game in North Korea featuring some of Rodman’s American NBA pals and North Korea’s brightest basketball stars. It’s a fascinating 90 minute look into how sports and politics can come together in one very surreal moment.