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Date Posted: 01:07:31 01/07/05 Fri
Author: Chris
Subject: More very interesting documentations
In reply to: Joe 's message, "Happenings in N. Korea (aka Kimland)" on 18:16:47 11/20/04 Sat

Yesterday I saw on Arte a new TV documentation on North Korea made by Daniel Gordon for the BBC. It was called A STATE OF MIND. Gordon is the one who had already produced the very succesful documentation "The Game of Their Lifes". It was very interesting. Gordon was allowed to document things that nobody was allowed before, because he uses a very Tony-Langish approach of showing empathy for North Korea. Nevertheless, between the lines, you are able to see how life in North Korea really is and how extreme the personal cult is. For instance, how the girl dancer always spoke about Kim Jong Il as "Mr. General" in every sentence and how she was so happy that Mr. General looked at her and that she was allowed to dance in front of him. There are some details that even George Orwell may not have imagined. For instance, in the kitchen, they have kind of radio sets which are constantly sending propaganda, and you can't switch them off. If you have a TV set (only few people have one), you can only receive one channel, with North Korean propaganda about Mr. General.

I also found on Arte Online a extract of the Canadian comic strip "PyongYang" about North Korea made by Guy Delisle. I think it captures the atmosphere in North Korea very well. It has another detail about the North Korean omnipresent mind control. Have a look at how the pictures are mounted on this page, in order to avoid reflections and make their look more intense. I don't know whether there is an English translation. The original is probably french.

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