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Kimjongilia (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 23 June 2011 (South Korea)
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North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

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For some, the Korean War was a clear example of American imperialism. For others, it was a valiant effort on the part of the UN and the Koreans to quash the spread of communism. For all Koreans, it was a tragedy. The country was not just divided; it was devastated. The death toll was astronomical, and the destruction profound. Many engage in assigning blame for the war according to their political beliefs, but this is a useless exercise. The point is that the human rights situation in North Korea today is catastrophic. KIMJONGILIA is the first film to let North Korean refugees tell their stories in their own words. Written by Anonymous

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Love, Wisdom, Justice and Peace?

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Kimdzongilia - kwiat Kim Dzong-Ila  »

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$1,497, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

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$2,820, 28 March 2010
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World Premiere held at the Sundance Film Festival January 18, 2009. See more »

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artistically distracting
18 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I have seen 2 or 3 documentaries about North Korea they were all compelling--it is a fascinating live brain washing horror show. The show they put on is impressive.

This was the worst one not because of the stories far from it they ring completely true. But the use of interpretive modern mime like dancers in a split screen mode and other artistic gimmicks just distracts from these really horrific sad and tragic stories.

For some reason the story that stood out for me was the girl whose brother carried her on his back when she had typhoid fever to China...he was later shot for turning himself in taking food to his parents.

You have to wonder at these dear leaders--who need to be torn apart on the streets--and what humans are capable of living with and doing to each.


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