Throughout its history, North Korea has always been an insulated, mysterious country. Images from North Korea were few and far between, particularly moving images. Recently however, several films made in North Korea have emerged. As one would expect, they toe the infamous line set out by the son of the long-running president (Kim Jong-Il). The descriptions of the films we are showing are literal translations of the North Korean summaries. As a tribute to International Women’s Day (8 March), the North Koreans chose the film The story of our Home, and a film with an important role for the army, a real North Korean classic from 2013: A small House of the Forefront by Chol-hak Pak.
A number of filmmakers from the West also visited North Korea in recent years. They include the Dutchman Pieter Fleury, who in 2003 made a documentary entitled North Korea, a Day in the Life. More recently, Vitaly Mansky made Under the Sun, which lifts the lid on the power exerted by the authorities, even when a simple film is being made in North Korea.
Our North Korea programme concludes during the Movies That Matter film festival with the film Liberation Day, which documents a gig given by the infamous German band Leibach in North Korea.
During Hoogtij on 10 March (19.00 and 23.00), we will screen two films about North Korea. Between the films (around 20.30), an expert will tell us more about the background to these films. For the exact programme, go to: nutshuis.nl
The programme for April features more recent classics. Films in which physical disorders enable a very special kind of love to develop. The first is a science fiction classic from 1988, which is still worryingly appropriate, despite its age.