N.Korea Film Week Starts in Beijing, Offers Glimpses into Modern Life


A week-long film fest featuring the life and society of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) began yesterday and will run until April 15. The five films will be screened at MOMA T4, Broadway Cinematic, Dongcheng District, Beijing from 5pm to 9pm every day.

Audiences will be exposed to the daily lives of North Korea's contemporary citizens.

This DPRK film week is co-organized by The State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China and the Ministry of Culture of the North Korea. The event is held to memorialize the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founding leader of DPRK.

The opening film for the event, On the Green Carpet, is about a coach preparing students for the May Day mass games. Set in North Korea's capital, Pyongyong, the May Day mass games is an event that is curiously received by the international community.

This was the first North Korean film to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004, where it received mixed reviews.

Wu Jing, the program manager of MOMA, reveals that these films were mysterious to her until now.

North Korean movies were once popular in China during the 1970s. The most successful one was The Flower Girl. However, such films haven't been screened for ages.

"North Korea remains mysterious to the Chinese audience. An older audience might see these films for nostalgic reasons, while a younger audience might go out of interest in modern North Korea society," Wu said.

Wu hopes the film week will be a hit, as these movies offer a glimpse of North Korean culture.


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