The Propaganda Game (2015)
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North Korea holds much attention on the world stage because as mentioned in the documentary it is called the "hermit kingdom." Curiosity always makes us turn our eyes towards a county that hides so much from the outside world and this documentary does a pretty good job of giving us a peek behind the curtain. Very interesting how it doesn't take a position for or against the policies of the country but presents the facts and lets you make your own conclusion. One question that always popped into my mind is if the street people they interviewed actually believed the praises they were singing for their leaders/country or if they were simply parroting what needs to be said in order to not be arrested. Their reactions speak for themselves, watch closely how nervous and sweaty they get when trying to come up with the "right" thing to say with the officials present. I think it speaks volumes. Interestingly I think it also serves to put away the stereotypes against the country's people. While there can be no doubt that the behavior and actions of the country's leaders is deplorable the people appear to be faultless. They are merely locked in a bubble of a country that tries to control every part of their lives and focus their minds in directions that they see fit. There is simply no escape. Pity is the only emotion suitable for the people of North Korea.
Perhaps my only complaint is how the editors of the documentary chose to let Alejandro hijack it with his seemingly endless dribble of propaganda and nonsense. Granted his point of view was important to highlight the denial and lies that the people are fed but I just think they gave him too much screen time.
Unsettling and thought-provoking documentary about the power of propaganda and brainwashing in the DPRK. It's on Netflix.
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