KIMJONGILIA documentary USA / Sudkorea / Frankreich, 2010 DVD, 74 Min. (OmeU) by N. C. Helkin
followedby a discussion
9. Dezember Topkino 18:00 / Großer Saal
For Kim Jong Ils 46th birthday, a hybrid red begonia named kimjongilia was created, symbolizing wisdom, love, justice, and peace. The film draws its name from the rarefied flower and reveals the extraordinary stories told by survivors of North Koreas vast prison camps, of devastating famine, and of every kind of repression. All of the interviews featured took place in South Korea, where the defectors now live. Their experiences are interspersed with archival footage of North Korean propaganda films. Along with the survivors stories, Kimjongilia examines the mass illusion possible under totalitarianism and the human rights abuses required to maintain that illusion.
Best Film (One World Festival Brussels & Human Rights and Democracy Network, 2010)