Posts Tagged ‘Video’

As stated elsewhere in this blog, through the use of propaganda, the North Korean government is able to provide a sense of national pride in its people while simultaneously completely limiting their personal freedoms.  They are able to do this by maintaining complete control over all media:  Film, art, television, and music…


Song of General Kim Jong Il (no subtitles)


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This video is one of the most eye-opening that I have seen to date, and highly recommended for a clear view of what living inside the Kim regime is like.

If you watch one video on this blog, make sure it’s this one.

From Top Documentary Films:

The winner of the 2001 International Emmy award for Best Documentary, Welcome to North Korea is a grotesquely surreal look at the all-too-real conditions in modern-day North Korea.

Dutch filmmaker Peter Tetteroo and his associate Raymond Feddema spent a week in and around the North Korean capital of Pyongyang — ample time to represent the starvation and deprivation afflicting a good portion of the population, and to offset such “contemporary” imagery as cars and public facilities with the conspicuous nonuse of these trappings.

As the filmmakers reveal, the North Koreans have no opportunity to compare their existence with that of the outside world, due to the near-total cutoff of news and free transportation. The one predominant feature of this oppressed nation is manifested in the scores of statues, sculptures, and iconic paintings of North Korea’s Communist dictator Kim Jong II, who has gone to great and sometimes ruthless lengths to convince his subjects that he has inherited godlike powers from his equally “divine” father, the late Kim II Sung (whose mummified body still lies in state, à la Lenin).

Were this not all too painfully true, Welcome to North Korea could easily pass as a grotesque fairy tale, out Grimm-ing anything found in Grimm. The film made its American TV debut via the Cinemax cable network on March 18, 2003. (Excerpt from All Movie Guide)

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A truly moving and extraordinary piece of journalism by the PBS program Wide Angle that aired in July of 2009.  Crossing Heaven’s Border follows several actual North Korean refugees and a video crew that utilize the new “underground railroad” to escape from China to freedom in South Korea (they had already taken the first step and crossed into China from North Korea).

A fantastic glimpse into what making The Crossing to freedom is actually like.  Highly recommended.

Watch the full episode over at PBS.COM.

[Note:  The embedded video is just a trailer, click the above link to view the whole video.]

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Inside North Korea was a piece of journalistic reporting by the National Geographic program Explorer.  Correspondent Lisa Ling posed as a member of a  medical team invited into North Korea to perform simple eye procedures to restore sight to over 1,000 citizens.  The program offers a pretty good overview of life inside North Korea and touches on many of the issues surrounding life in this secluded nation, including:  Prison camps, a brief timeline of modern North Korea, a glimpse of the DMZ (demilitarized zone), and the wide-spread brainwashing of North Koreas citizens.

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Premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Kimjongilia is a documentary directed by N.C. Heiken that tells the story of North Korean prison camp survivors and other defectors from the country.  The film consists of a series of interviews with former prisoners, camp guards, and artists from North Korea and contains their first hand account of the horrors they faced under the regime of Kim Jong Il.

Run time:  approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The name of the film, Kimjongilia refers to a type of begonia flower named after the North Koreans late ruler.

The Kimjongilia flower– used to accent pictures of the former North Korean leader.

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