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The Propaganda Game (2015)

Granted controlled access by national officials, filmmaker Álvaro Longoria tours North Korea to contrast his findings to the typical Western depiction of the nation.


Álvaro Longoria
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Álvaro Longoria Álvaro Longoria ... Himself - Filmmaker
Simon Cockerell Simon Cockerell ... Himself - Koryo Tours Manager
Kang Hyoin Gyu Kang Hyoin Gyu ... Himself - Officer, Committe for Cultural Relations DPRK
Barbara Demick Barbara Demick ... Herself - Writer & Specialist in North Korea
Kim Yu Song Kim Yu Song ... Himself - Guide, Munsu Water Park
Michael Kirby Michael Kirby ... Himself - Chair, UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea
Rajiv Narayam Rajiv Narayam ... Himself - Former East Asia Researcher, Amnesty International
Han Il Han Il ... Himself - Korean People's Army (as Colonel Han Il)
Andrei Lankov Andrei Lankov ... Himself - Specialist in North Korea
Ahm Myeong Chul Ahm Myeong Chul ... Himself - North Korean Defector
Alejandro Cao de Benos de Les y Pérez Alejandro Cao de Benos de Les y Pérez ... Himself - Special Delegate Foreign Relations, DPRK (as Alejandro Cao de Benos)
Yun So Hyon Yun So Hyon ... Herself - Officer, Committee for Cultural Relations, DPRK
Kim Ji Hye Kim Ji Hye ... Herself - Guide, Juche Tower
Kim Chang Gyong Kim Chang Gyong ... Himself - Officer North Korean Association of Social Scientists
Xiaohe Cheng Xiaohe Cheng ... Himself - Associate Professor, International Studies


North Korea, formerly known as the hermit kingdom, is perhaps the largest source of instability as regards world peace. Its border is one of the most militarized in the world. The lack of impartial information, both inside and coming out of the country, is the perfect setting for a propaganda war, which will be analyzed in the film through numerous examples of the surprising way in which information is manipulated, in and about North Korea. Alejandro Cao de Benos, the sole foreigner who works for the DPRK Government, and many locals will show us their vision of the reality in North Korea. The other side of the story will be reflected through interviews to South Korean citizens, human rights advocates, diplomats, propaganda experts, etc.

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30 October 2015 (Spain) See more »

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The Propaganda Game: Heartbreaking, thought provoking viewing
26 July 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

With all the ongoing debacles with North Korea in the news I figured this would be a fantastic time to watch The Propaganda Game.

A Spanish made documentary with very impressive and rare access to the country it pulls back the curtain (Or at least as far back as the officials would let it go) and shows both sides of this remarkable place.

The trouble is that both the west and North Korea seem to be playing the The Propaganda Game and it's extremely hard to know what is true and what isn't. My personal opinion is that it's a combination of both, but this documentary is quite unbias and gives you a chance to decide for yourself.

US government, the Korean government, ultimately the real victims in this appear to be the citizens of Korea themselves as I find their chosen lifestyle monstrous but again how much of it is true and how much is staged? The Propaganda Game is well worth a watch and though heartbreaking it is very eye opening and a fantastic piece of documentary film making.

Always wondered why Korea didn't kick off over Team America World Police (2004) but did regarding The Interview (2014). Perhaps a leader with less sense of humour explains it?

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