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  1. dotvom's rating of the film Songs from the North

    Filmmaker Soon-mi Yoo gives a quiet, personal look into the lives of North Korean people. Using simple methods and various clips strewn together, the documentary has a slow moving feel. What keeps the viewer watching is the air of mystery that surrounds North Korea and the connection felt between the people living out their every day lives in such a strange and limited place. This was a calm look into a bizarre place

  2. pierce.giurintano's rating of the film Songs from the North

    This movie was a breathtaking look into the daily lives of North Koreans through the eyes of director Soon-Mi Yoo. she takes three separate trips to the hermit kingdom and gets an in depth look at the sort of hostage situation that the average north Korean is trapped in and how drastically the situation is in the Korean peninsula is than what is portrayed and talked about in american media and popular culture.

  3. Pierce Giurintano's rating of the film Songs from the North

    This movie was a breathtaking look into the daily lives of North Koreans through the eyes of director Soon-Mi Yoo. she takes three separate trips to the hermit kingdom and gets an in depth look at the sort of hostage situation that the average north Korean is trapped in and how drastically the situation is in the Korean peninsula is than what is portrayed and talked about in american media and popular culture.

  4. Vinny's rating of the film Songs from the North

    Songs From the North is a collection of footage from the director's (Yoo Soon-Mi) three trips to Korea. This film grasps for inside knowledge about the North Korean people. Yoo Soon-Mi really tries to force the audience to step back and reevaluate the North Korean culture, because most American's have been mislead due to exaggerated propaganda. But in reality, we're all human, we all have to capability to love.

  5. Wyatt69's rating of the film Songs from the North

    Given the limited ability of the director to film everyday life in a clearly strict, secluded, and secretive lifestyle, this film was well done. Of course, the more footage and the more immersive the footage, the better. The film exposes the severity of North Korean sentiment towards the west as well a painful remembrance of the evils committed on their soil from World War II as well as the Korean War.

  6. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Songs from the North

    Is North Korea the loneliest place on Earth? Yoo's haunting film about fatherland posits perhaps. But perhaps not. We in the West may be inured to atomist anomie, but citizens of the DPRK, beset (not to say bombarded) by relentlessly on-point propaganda, are marinated in a mythology that accords every individual a place in one big striving family. The mythology, though thin, taps deep reserves of grievance and pride.

  7. Des Horne's rating of the film Songs from the North

    The amazing opening footage establishes a profound sense of fragility. This is a wounded country, and the only hope the people have is to cling on to is a desperate collective mythology. What else can they trust? Understandably not the western bloc powers that turned their country into rubble.

  8. José Neves's rating of the film Songs from the North

    Closely related with Ujica's "Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu", is exactly in the collection and coordination of period documents with propaganda films that the film earns its greater expressiveness: a critical review of history, in constant becoming, through the matter of its own memorabilia. We came out from the film with the memory of a nostalgic musical about one dreary and factual reality.

  9. Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Songs from the North

    A tantalizing cabinet of curiosities, an unfinished quilt. http://theflickeringwall.blogspot.pt/2015/08/songs-from-north.html