Liberation Day (2017)

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Under the loving but firm guidance of an old fan turned director and cultural diplomat, and to the surprise of a whole world, the ex-Yugoslavian cult band Laibach becomes the first rock group ever to perform in the fortress state of North Korea. Confronting strict ideology and cultural differences, the band struggles to get their songs through the needle's eye of censorship before they can be unleashed on an audience never before exposed to alternative rock'n'roll. Meanwhile, propaganda loudspeakers are being set up at the border between the two Koreas and a countdown to war is announced. The hills are alive...with the sound of music.

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There's a subtly meaningful power to what the film actually does: witnessing the awkwardness that ensues when the creatively free try to communicate with people who lack the context to understand unfettered expression.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

There's even too little of Laibach's music, which in this performance is, by necessity, somewhat restrained.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

[Its] withholding, intended to maintain Laibach's mystique, contravenes the ostensible documentary function of the movie.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

By the time the film reaches its conclusion with a brief snippet of the band's performance, you'll be feeling as bewildered as the North Koreans seen watching it.

Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Most documentaries or studies of North Korea conclude that it is forever sealed in its own tyranny. For all the absurdity, for all the questionable semi-satire, Laibach actually made contact with North Korea and caused a crack in the wall.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If you like weirdness for weirdness's sake, you will appreciate all these colorful, unlikely efforts to exhibit East meeting West.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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