~ A Documentary Screening ~
The Film that North Korea Didn’t Want You to See
Under the Sun
(in Korean/Russian with English sub-titles)
Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky worked with the North Korean government to make a film about the ideal life in an ideal country – North Korea. We see a girl in an ideal school, the daughter of ideal parents, working at ideal factories, living in an ideal apartment in the center of the capital. The girl is being prepared to enter the children’s union to be a part of the ideal society, living in the eternal rays of the sun, the symbol of the great leader of the people, Kim Il-sung. Government representatives wrote the script, approved the locations, and edited the footage.
But Mansky outmaneuvered the regime to expose the truth behind its propaganda practices. Unknown to his government minders, he shot additional footage by letting the camera roll during shot set-ups and snuck it out of the country to expose how the regime manipulates images to create a false perception of patriotism and loyalty in the totalitarian country.
Our program is the opening screening of the 2016 Biit (Korean for “Light”) North Korea Human Rights Film and Freedom Festival, hosted by No Chain for North Korea.
More About the Speakers
Opening Remarks by
Consul-General Kim Dong-gi
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Introduction to the Biit Film Festival and the Film
North America Director, No Chain
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia