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Under The Sun (2016)

Under The Sun (2016)

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Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still manages to document life in Pyongyang, capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year that Zin-mi prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on the 'Day Of The Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky's watchful camera captures details his handlers might prefer left unseen, from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi's tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson.

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It's a movie self-consciously framed around its own making: specifically the creation of a Korean propaganda spectacle. Mansky uses the limitations imposed on him by the government to create a kind of commentary on the genre.

August 4, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Both provocative and underwhelming.

July 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Under The Sun" also reminds us that, their dissimilar society notwithstanding, the North Koreans are not some alien race but people like us, trying to get by the best they can.

July 14, 2016 | Full Review…

There's journalistic filmmaking, and then there's what Vitaly Mansky does in Under The Sun: a feat of truth-telling so daring that watching it makes you feel like a co-conspirator.

July 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though there's something inherently satisfying about seeing propaganda de-pantsed, Mansky has something greater to offer than easy irony.

July 8, 2016 | Full Review…

I think the lessons of "Under the Sun" go far beyond the tragic and idiotic delusions of North Korea's nightmare state, and that those lessons have direct application in Mansky's country, and in ours.

July 6, 2016 | Full Review…

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