The Propaganda Game

Synopsis: North Korea, formerly known as the hermit kingdom, is perhaps the largest source of instability as regards world peace. Its border is one of the most militarized in the world. The lack of impartial information, both inside and coming out of the country, is the perfect setting for a propaganda war, which will be analyzed in the film through numerous examples of the surprising way in which information is manipulated, in and about North Korea. Alejandro Cao de Benos, the sole foreigner who works for the DPRK Government, and many locals will show us their vision of the reality in North Korea. The other side of the story will be reflected through interviews to South Korean citizens, human rights advocates, diplomats, propaganda experts, etc.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Álvaro Longoria
  1 win & 3 nominations.
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98 min


Now we want to take

everyone to North Korea.

We have an unprecedented

investigation by

the United Nations taking us

inside a kind of hell.

- It's mad and sad and bad

and silly all in the same time.

- Most tours go to North Korea

with very low expectations.

Because everybody

watches the documentaries,

reads the news, and so on.

And even if 90 percent of

what they learn is not true,

at least it's something

they've looked into.

Because everybody knows

North Korea is an unusual place.

Everybody knows they do things

differently to everyone else.

What we ignore

is that there is life

for 24 million people there.

- The regime seeks

to dominate every aspect

of its citizens' lives

and terrorizes them from within.

We don't have much awareness

of the Western mentality,

of how they perceive

the Koreans from outside

from the rest of the world.

- For the outside world

it's sort of a freak show.

That's part of the fascination

with North Korea.

There aren't that many real

mysteries left in the world,

and this is a closed,

mysterious place.

Due to the U.S. hostile policy

to our Korea,

they try to isolate and,

you know,

stifle our country,

consistently threaten our people.

- The situation in North Korea

is extremely grave.

The country

is a totalitarian regime.

It is a regime

that doesn't respect

the universal human rights

of its citizens.

- Amnesty International,

which has been investigating

human rights violations

for the last 50 years,

we find North Korea to be

in a category of its own.

There's a severe food crisis.

Freedom of expression,

freedom of speech,

freedom of association

is severely curtailed.

- Torture, rape, forced

abortion, and execution.

- Just unprecedented

crimes against humanity.

And the world

can't close its eyes to that

and pretend it's not there just

because there's a nuclear problem.

- Pyongyang warns

an explosion is imminent,

and war could break out

today or tomorrow.

- North Korea does not

and will not benefit

from violating international law.

- How concerned should we be?

- How dangerous is the situation?

- This is how wars start.

- Threats of terror-like violence

and another premiere cancelled.

- We cannot have a society

in which some dictator someplace

can start imposing censorship

here in the United States.

Because if somebody is able

to intimidate folks

out of releasing

a satirical movie,

imagine what they'd start doing

when they see

a documentary

that they don't like.

We honor, we honor

to the highest degree

our Great Leader Kim Jong-un

we honor to the highest degree.

We honor, we honor

to the highest degree

our Great Leader Kim Jong-un.

We honor to the highest degree.

North Korea is known

as the Hermit Kingdom,

and there is a reason for this.

It is almost impossible to get in,

especially with a camera.

Over the centuries, Korea

has been invaded more than 100 times

by its powerful neighbors

China and Japan.

Today, it remains the last

stronghold of communism.

My name is Alvaro Longoria.

I am a filmmaker from Spain.

For many years, I have been rather

fascinated by North Korea.

Probably like you, I have wondered:

Is everything we read and hear

about North Korea really true?

Over the next days,

is my quest to seek out the truth.

After many failed attempts

to get into the country,

I heard about Alejandro,

the only foreigner who works

for the government of North Korea.

I contacted him through Facebook

and a year later, we were officially

invited into the country.

Sponsored by Alejandro,

and provided we followed

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Álvaro Longoria

Álvaro Longoria (born 1968 in Santander, Cantabria, Spain) is a film director, executive producer, and actor. He produces edgy and thought-provoking indie films for several distributors including Cinema Libre and Morena Films. He is perhaps best known for producing the film Everybody Knows directed by Asghar Farhadi and Che starring Benicio Del Toro and directed by Steven Soderbergh as well as Looking for Fidel directed by Oliver Stone. He won an Goya Award of Best Documentary Film for Hijos de las Nubes, a story about the decolonization of the Sahara region of western Africa, starring Javier Bardem. more…

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