Songs from the North

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    Songs from the North

    Directed by

    Portugal, South Korea, USA

    2014

    72 min

    • English
    • Korean

    Documentary

    Interweaving footage from the director’s three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, Songs from the North takes a different look at this enigmatic country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. Challenging the meaning of freedom, love, patriotism and ultimately the human condition, it tries to understand, on their own terms, the psychology and popular imaginary of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love which continues to drive the nation towards its uncertain future.

    Awards

    • Best First Film - FF Locarno
    • Culturgest First Feature Award - Doclisboa
    • Jury Special Prize ex aequo (International Competition) - BAFICI

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Soon-mi Yoo
    Editing
    Soon-mi Yoo
    Production
    ROSA FILMES

    Press

    "Songs From The North transcends its ruminative qualities and becomes a rescue mission for the country's soul

    Erik Kohn, Indiewire

    Soon-Mi Yoo

    Soon-Mi Yoo

    South Korea

    Soon-Mi Yoo was born in Korea. She has attained international recognition for her work across several media and genres.

    Selected Filmography