Behind The Curtains of the Day: Filmmakers Lynn Lee and James Leong document the inner workings of North Korea’s powerful propaganda machine as the first foreign film crew allowed inside Pyongyang’s secretive University of Cinematic and Dramatic Arts.
Watch this. Yes, I know it’s 25 minutes long, but it’s worth watching.
It’s exceptionally strange for me to watch this because the entire time all I can think about is how similar we are — we’re all Koreans. They’re speaking the same language, eating the same foods. But then they start talking about Kim Jong-Il, referring to him as “Dear Leader” or talk about Juche, and I am again struck by the incredibly wide chasm between us. It’s shocking how much a country can divide in only 60 years.
Also I really recommend you guys read the memoir, The Aquariums of Pyong-Yang, which tells the story of a Kang Chol-Hwan and his imprisonment in the Yodok concentration camp in North Korea. And if you want to learn more about the human rights crisis in North Korea, I recommend you check out: Human Rights Watch, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and LiNK, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the North Korean crisis, and aids & protects North Korean refugees in the underground.