Welcome to North Korea (screening)


Repeats every week every Thursday until Mon Feb 01 2010.
Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 16:00
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 16:00


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 Screened at the Czech Info Center, Castle Praha Bldg, Hongdae, Hongik University Station
Free.czechinfo.or.kr, 02-725 6765

a Czech travel agency offers a “journey into the unknown,” a tour of North Korea. This spring was the second time since 1990 that a group of Czech tourists set foot in the DPRK. The film follows twenty-seven Czechs who have decided to spend approximately 2,600 Euros on a sightseeing tour of a country which cultivates a cult of personality, maintains concentration camps for its citizens and doesn’t hide its development of nuclear weapons. Foreign visitors are only allowed a view of a carefully prepared illusion, thoroughly supervised by “guides.” What is more, the North Korean system is starkly  reminiscent of our own past. Which emotions do our travellers experience: sympathy, nostalgia or, in  contrast, happiness that “we already have this behind us?” How does a Czech person, after being accustomed to eighteen years of freedom and democracy, come to terms with the directives and restrictions of a totalitarian system?