6 June, 2013
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28 March, 2013
The latest North Korean propaganda video to be uploaded on their official Uriminzokkiri YouTube Channel shows off some particularly anti-US sentiments. The video titled “A Short, Three Day War” has since been taken off YouTube, but those left on the site can help paint a pretty good picture.
Along with the video, the DPRK has also realeased an image of a troop-landing drill filled with photoshopped images of hover-crafts.
Although clearly fake, the chest-puffing image was released as the North put its rocket units on combat status along with a threat to target US bases. The United States has responded by flying a B-2 stealth bomber “deterrence” mission over South Korea. A US military statement said the mission “Demonstrated the United States’ ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will.”
Unimpressed, North Korea views the drill as a “hideous politically-motivated terrorism of the US and the South Korean puppet forces targeting the dignified social system in the DPRK.”
As the political plot thickens, coverage of North Korean citizens remains an untouched topic. Escape from the country is harder than ever, and the famine persists.
21 March, 2013
We invite you to attend one of our three screenings:
Sat, Apr 27 - 9:00 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 4
Mon, Apr 29 - 3:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 5
Sat, May 4 - 6:30 PM at The Regent
For all of our Toronto supporters who missed the world premieres, this is your chance to see the film on the big screen! We could not be more excited to have our Canadian premiere in our home city.
Tell your friends!
For tickets and more information about screenings and the amazing line-up of films at this year’s festival, visit hotdocs.ca
19 February, 2013
The Toronto-based multiplatform team Fathom Film Group, in collaboration with digital production and design agency Jam3, are pleased to announce the launch of THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE.
This online web doc takes users inside the gripping reality of living in North Korea today, and allows you to experience first-hand the brave attempts of those trying to escape.
The online experience is being launched as a complement for the upcoming film THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, and is based on the true stories of six North Korean defectors.
18 December, 2012
Kim Jong Un on the cover of Time Magazine
It has been a big year for Kim Jong Un. Not only has he been adjusting to the growing pains that go along with being North Korea’s new leader, but the young dictator has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, has had Chinese newspapers believing he is The Sexiest Man Alive, and has gained and possibly lost a bride. Such a happening guy, he may even become Time Magazine’s Person of the Year tomorrow.
The award is granted to the person who has most influenced news and media in 2012, good or bad. In a reader’s poll on Time.com, Kim Jong Un is currently listed as Number One with a whopping 5.6 million votes. This does not clinch a win for KJU, the decision is ultimately up to Time editors, but it does give him a shining advantage. Past winners include Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, American Women and Barack Obama.
The Person of the Year will be revealed tomorrow, December 19, 2012 – so get your votes in!
6 December, 2012
Ever wanted to ask a North Korean a question, but were never sure how to go about it? A favorite blog of ours, NKNews.org, provides the perfect oulet! The weekly column, Ask A North Korean, gives a chance for people like Chad to ask “What do most North Koreans think of the country’s satellite and rocket programs?”
Every reponse comes from Jae-young, North Korean woman who now lives in South Korea. She is open about her past, and more than happy to answer questions, like Chad’s:
29 November, 2012
The sexy Kim Jong-Un has lit the internet up! Earlier this week the satrical newspaper The Onion reported they named Kim Jong-Un the Sexiest Man Alive.
“With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true. Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile.” -The Onion, November 14, 2012
Chinese newspaper The People’s Daily failed to pick up on the joke. They ran a 55 page spread of the North Korean dictator in some of his hottest poses, including some great horseback shots.
Kim Jong-Un rides a horse, undated picture from Korea Central News Agency (KCNA)
Unfortunately for those who really do think his boyish charm makes him the sexiest man alive, the Chinese paper has since taken the spread down.
27 November, 2012
Artwork by Song Byeok
Song Byeok’s artistic skills were made famous at the age of 24 when he became the official propaganda artist for North Korea, portraying glorified images of rulers Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. His loyalty shifted in the 1990s when he saw his family starve to death due to the famine. Song had attempted to defect to China. His father drowned in the Tumen river during an escape attempt, and Song ended up in a prison camp.
Song successfully defected to South Korea in 2002, where he began painting satirical imaes of oppressive regimes from around the world. Watch Song’s interview with the BBC here.
‘Take Off Your Clothes’ by Song Byeok
His first North American exhibit was in Atlanta, GA earlier this year and like all cool things these days, it was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign. Song’s latese work is currently on display at the Woolley Mammoth Threatre in Washington, DC.
For more information about Song, exhibits, and purchasing a print, check out the website www.songbyeok.com.