This movie is an outstanding documentary because it shows the incredible lengths to which the socialist government of North Korea tries to convince the world that their country has ANYTHING positive going for it, when in reality, North Korea is the #1 most hellish and #1 most nightmarish country on planet earth -- where 100% of the citizens live their complete lives as prisoners 24/7/365, without access to food, water, plumbing, electricity, or clothing. Such is the life of socialism regimes. This movie is a great introduction to the book "Nothing To Envy", which dives fully in depth about the truths of North Korea, told from the mouths of North Korea citizens who miraculously escaped from the country.
They hoodwinked the North Korean government HARD with this one. Tons of "raw footage" of staged scenes, revealing the bottomless depth of the government's willingness to deceive. They lie about *everything*, and it's all here for you to see. I don't expect to ever see something like this again.
The story of a small, poor, and isolated country and its proud and determined people.
Tempered by the harsh conditions of an unforgiving land, they resist the belligerent provocation of the Main Adversary that seeks their destruction. Only through blind obedience to their Great Leader can they be truly free!
A siren call to all democratic and peace-loving workers to unite! Reject the hob-nailed boot of the warmongering running dog capitalist oppressor and their dastardly and slanderous propaganda!
I did not feel so depressed for a long time. Even in today's world, where Muslims cut off people's heads in the name of theirs mad god, and Russia has put us on the brink of a new war, this zombie-land looks terrifying. I do not think there is hope to return these people to mankind.
At first I tried to watch the Russian version, but there is an endless narration which explains everything that we have already realized. The film turned into a bad TV. Good thing Mansky removed the narration for Amazon.
I do not think we'll see a second such film about North Korea in the near future. They will take into account the errors and close up the gaps. I hope this family was not sent to a concentration camp after the movie.
It was meant to be a propaganda film for the North Korean regime, instead it tells a subtle story. The film follow the little girl and her family. You get to see their government scripted story and also a glimpse of the truth.