North Korea, a Day in the Life | Chicago Reader

North Korea, a Day in the Life

Dutch documentarian Pieter Fleury got an unusually free hand from North Korean authorities for this glimpse at life under communism. Without commentary, Fleury follows a young woman who works in a factory, her child at school, and her brother, who's studying English. Their world is characterized by leader worship, anti-American sloganeering, and warlike imagery, but despite the Orwellian mood, they seem quite happy. Some sequences have clearly been staged, or at least reenacted, to allow multiple camera angles and artfully framed shots. Fleury seems to be attempting a covert critique of the People's Republic, but his aesthetic sensibility and fairly contented subjects weaken the impact. In Korean with subtitles. 48 min.

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