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 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

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