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Pyongyang Dreaming: The Cinema of North Korea

by Zachary George Najarian-Najafi
Pyongyang Dreaming: The Cinema of North Korea by Zachary George Najarian-Najafi
North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is everyone’s favorite totalitarian dictatorship, and like many dictatorships, the ruling family loves the cinema. As the late, great Kim Jong-il himself said in On the Art of the Cinema “The cinema is now one of the main objects on which efforts should be concentrated in order to conduct the revolution in art and literature. The cinema occupies an important place in the overall development of art and literature. As such it is a powerful ideological weapon for the revolution and construction. Therefore, concentrating efforts on the cinema, making breakthroughs and following… Read more

North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is everyone’s favorite totalitarian dictatorship, and like many dictatorships, the ruling family loves the cinema. As the late, great Kim Jong-il himself said in On the Art of the Cinema “The cinema is now one of the main objects on which efforts should be concentrated in order to conduct the revolution in art and literature. The cinema occupies an important place in the overall development of art and literature. As such it is a powerful ideological weapon for the revolution and construction. Therefore, concentrating efforts on the cinema, making breakthroughs and following up success in all areas of art and literature is the basic principle that we must adhere to in revolutionizing art and literature.” Just remember that he kidnapped a director to make a giant monster movie for him.

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