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Thu Apr 11, 2013, 08:47 PM


DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (North Korea Travel Documentary) (2013)

DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (North Korea Travel Documentary) (2013)

North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society... as imagined back in the 70′s.

"Land of Whispers" invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world - not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia. There, I attempt to pierce through the ever-present 'national mythology' and as much as possible, I try to connect with people - such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.

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Response to Paul E Ester (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 11:47 PM

1. K&R

What is happening to North Koreans needs to be made more public. Also feel free to go to:


I don't have time to watch it now, but have opened it in Youtube to watch later in the day.

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Fri Apr 12, 2013, 10:48 AM

2. Interesting documentary

As was mentioned by the guy making the documentary, it is a shame that he didn't get to interact with the local people more.

I'm great at relating everything to my experiences in Iraq, but getting to know and interact with people in other nations and cultures is a very liberalizing experience. Much like he was trying to illustrate at the end of the documentary, we aren't all that different when it comes down to it. I saw and felt the same sort of stuff when I was in Iraq and I was messing around with the local Iraqis and their children.

Thanks for posting this.

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 12:00 PM

3. I think when he crossed over into China and expressed his relief at the relative freedom they have


summed up the situation well.

The personality cult runs so deep and is so ingrained in the culture that a notion of "liberating" the country will be daunting. In some ways the NK people are like a tribe living in the amazon.

I was impressed with all the green views, the beautiful women and surprised that almost every male seemed to be military.

I got the impression if he walked two blocks from his hotel. The locals would take it upon themselves to denounce this foreign spy and report him to the authorities ASAP. The reserved robotic interaction by the child musicians with the foreigners was strange.

Speaking of his hotel paraphrasing - "If this is luxury, can you imagine how the regular people live".

It's a tough spot. China and it's billions of people on one side, the west and capitalism on the other side, DPRK in the middle.

It's reported, that the origins of the US MK-Ultra mind control program was prompted by returning Korean POW's who had been brain washed. From the documentary I get the impression the whole country is caught in an alternate reality of complete thought control.

Disappointed we did not get to see more of his "western tour guide" who is a westerner, who has joined the NK cult.

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