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Songs from the North

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Directed by Yoo Soon-Mi
United States, South Korea, 2014
Documentary
      Korean
      English

Synopsis

Interweaving footage from the director’s three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, Songs from the North takes a different look at this enigmatic country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire.

Our take

Lately we’ve seen plenty of directors filming in the closed world of North Korea, but few pursue their subject with the distinct sensibility and essayistic approach of South Korea-born, American filmmaker Soon-mi Yoo. Her film movingly captures the gulf between everyday people and official rhetoric.

Synopsis

Interweaving footage from the director’s three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, Songs from the North takes a different look at this enigmatic country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire.

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Songs from the NorthDirected byYoo Soon-Mi
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Awards & Festivals

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Locarno International Film Festival
2014 | Winner: Best First Feature
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
2015 | Winner: Special Jury Prize (International Official Selection)
Doclisboa International Film Festival
2014 | Winner: Best First Feature-Length Film Award comprising Competitions and New Visions (Culturgest First Feature Award)

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