Posted by: Chuck | September 7, 2013

‘A lot like cable news’ — new film pulls back the curtain on North Korean propaganda


A new documentary seeks to challenge some of the world’s entrenched beliefs about North Korea’s hereditary dictatorship. In “Juche Strong,” filmmaker Rob Montz says the reality about North Korea’s warped ideology is much more complex than most people want to admit and that it’s not entirely different from the political methods used in the U.S. and around the world. “My takeaway from the country is different from the standard narrative you’d hear,” Montz told Yahoo News in a phone interview. “The standard narrative of the country is that it’s crazy and crumbling. There’s a need to frame it as a hopelessly exotic and alien foreign land.”

Montz was in Santa Monica, Calif., where “Juche Strong” is being shown at a public screening on Saturday. The documentary is also available for download. When Montz traveled to North Korea, he said it was with a set of expectations based on how the secretive country is typically portrayed in the news media and film and in commentaries from international experts. (Source: Yahoo News 9/7/13)

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