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An ordinary family in Pyongyang is followed for a year.

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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…
  • Daring and thought-provoking, director Vitaly Mansky's film uses one North Korean family to examine how everyone -- moviemakers, governments, even individuals -- contorts reality to fit specific purposes.

    July 27, 2016 | 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…

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