Dir. Vitaliy Manskiy
Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic, and North Korea 2015, 106'
Zin-mi lives with her hardworking parents in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a country where the deceased leaders continue to watch over them – their ubiquitous portraits hang in living rooms, at school, and even in the metro. Zin-mi is about to join the Korean Union for Children, which means she is on the verge of becoming part of this ideal society, where grownup stuff like hard work and taking responsibility for oneself are essential. Director Vitaly Mansky was able to film her and her family over the course of a year, though the government watched him like a hawk throughout the filming process. In various scenes, we watch the family receive instructions from above on how they can come across even more ideally as a patriotic entity. It becomes increasingly clear that this film isn’t capturing the real life of a North Korean family, but rather reveals how propaganda is made. Despite everyone’s inexhaustible attempts to showcase that ideal society, Mansky still manages to film reality, ranging from young comrades who fight off sleep during official events to the tears Zin-mi cries at a grueling dance lesson.
In Korean, with Polish subtitles.