Directed by Vitaly Mansky
110 min | 2016 | Russia/Germany/Czech Republic/Latvia/ North Korea | Not Rated
Presented in Korean with English subtitles.
“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country… Korea is the land of the rising sun,” says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky’s watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi’s tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson.
Official Selection: 2016 SXSW Film Festival, 2016 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival, 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival
“A fascinating study in state propaganda and the darker truth that hovers just outside the frame.” —The Hollywood Reporter