Songs From The North


Songs From The North

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Through interwoven footage from three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, we observe a different perspective on this enigmatic country that is typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. Challenging the meaning of freedom, love, patriotism and ultimately the human condition, we come to understand the psychology of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love which continues to drive the nation towards its uncertain future.

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Critic Reviews for Songs From The North

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

  • Scattering history lessons and ambiguous imagery amid Ms. Yoo's engagement with North Koreans, her film implicitly asks: What must they think of us?

    Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The fact that Yoo isn't regarded as an outsider by the people she's recording allows her to capture a number of revealing, unrehearsed moments that startle in their raw emotion.

    Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An empathetic snapshot of a country that is almost never depicted in such an accessible light.

    Dec 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • While in no way softening the all-encompassing propaganda state of three generations of Great Leader Kims, Songs from the North also displays a rare audacity by showing certain aspects of North Korean life as perfectly normal.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Yoo's film is a necessary correction of how we should view or think about what life is really like in North Korea, even if the work feels somewhat limited by its own necessity.

    Mar 12, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • North Korean culture is lensed in part through a South Korean perspective, with the final chapter asking: "Is reunification possible?"

    Sep 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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