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Welcome to North Korea (2001)

Noord-Korea (original title)
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A worthy "tourist" glimpse into North Korea
22 June 2010 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary based on the videos shot by a crew, who were accepted as tourists into the state. All videos as accompanied by the narrators comment.

The video shoot in the documentary does not actually cover anything deep of Korean Life. Because the tourist are "guided" all the way around their trip, and their contact with people is banned (as claimed in the documentary), you can only see what is shown in the tour and what an eye can see on their way in a "love north Korea" tour. Throughout the movie, the crew is constantly exposed to an absurd senseless propaganda to which they were expected to believe and respect.

While these disturbing images make a very good example of the mentality of the regime and constant isolated brainwash of the nation, I must admit that the narrators comment has some annoying aspects by itself. There were some sentimentally constructed elements in the narration, whose transferability to daily life is questionable. Some of them were even too bizarre for a country like NK.

Although it is little subjective, it is nice documental documentary. A naked leader-cult disgrace. Recommended.


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