Mind Games

Changchung cathedral

Watch this great documentary by  Álvaro Longoria, who was granted very free access to the the North Korean people, including freedom to interview anyone at random.

Top scene is when he uses this right to tackle some geezer on the Pyongyang subway. He asks him some innocuous question. Shocked and surprised, the poor bloke first tries not to answer at all, before remembering the party line and giving it. Best dialogue from this scene comes from the poor punter’s rivulets of sweat roaring down his face. Maybe it was very warm, or he was just shy. You decide.

In joint first place is where Longoria tells his hosts that he wants to go to Mass. After several phone calls and some time, he is brought to a pristine modern church building with a cross atop it, and joins a full congregation of impressive singers and mantilla clad ultra “pious” women, and the “mass” was presided over by a state official who was not actually a priest. Thus there was no “holy communion”.

Worth watching just for these scenes. His concluding remarks are that the only people who really want poor DPRK to collapse are the 24 million citizens themselves. All the other world players actually want the status quo. Also, we are ALL being fed propaganda/lies all the time by everybody, even here in the supposedly free world. But we know that, don’t we.

In summary, fascinating well balanced documentary with great cinematography. It is available on Netflix and Amazon video. You makes your choice then pays your money.

Here’s the trailer:

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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One Response to Mind Games

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    Interesting film, thanks Br’er Burro.

    I think it manages to transcend what a documentary is, which is a genre constituting propaganda in and of itself, to become a kind of poetic meditation on the nature of propaganda itself, including upon the minds of those who are so convinced by some propaganda that they come to see it as nothing other than plain truth.

    The female expert on NK seemed to be the most clear-minded of the interviewees, as she seemed to have a healthy attitude towards the propaganda of both the East and West about this country and ts régime.

    As for the Church there, there is actually some quite recent good news : http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/07/north_korea_agrees_regular_visits_by_south_catholic_priests/1192554

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