Stirling in Action

Our partner engineer in Pyongyang, is working to make a simple utilization of the Stirling engine possible for North Korean homes.

Now it is our task to provide North Korea with expertise on the „Stirling“. We are planning a workshop in Pyongyang. I will travel to Pyongyang in the spring for the preparation and discussion of the project progress and for a first hand impression of the Stirling engines developed by the Non-Conventional Energy Development Center.

I also hope to send another container with extra material to be used for training purposes.

My Brothers and Sisters in the North

This is the title of a film about the people of North Korea. I was able
to view this film in the course of a Korea event in the Ethnographic
Museum at the University of Zurich.

This impressive film portrays different people from the northern part of the Korean peninsula. Every person that film director Sung-Hyung Cho portrays on her journey through the country was
defined beforehand by officials.

Because of the film director’s unbiased approach, her respect and genuine interest in the farmers, soldiers, and seamstresses, the
conversations are heartfelt, similar to my own experiences. A quote from the cover: «Experience a joyful people whose love to ‚their leader’ appears peculiar more than once and who has not given
up their hopes and desires for a unified Korea.»

If I have roused your curiosity, you can buy the DVD on http://www.buch.ch for CHF 23. Avalable in german/korean with
german subtitles.

I very much appreciated meeting the film director personally when she took questions after the film and said: «The most difficult part was to see what was really there. Not the images of my mind and not the images that the North Koreans wanted us to see. I wanted to discover how much daily life there was in this totalitarian system. I
wanted to know how much system and state ideology was present in ,normal everyday life. I wanted to speak as open and honestly with the individuals as possible without endangering or embarrassing them. By doing this I learned not to equate the government with the people. I discovered that North Koreans are people like you and me.»

I am very happy that Sung-Hyung Cho is planning to portray Robert Grund’s work with the deaf in her next film!

Fundraising for North Korea