This story was originally published on DocHouse.
My Brothers and Sisters in the North is an account of life in North Korea by South Korean filmmaker Sung-Hyung Cho who for the first time has been allowed camera access to her neighbours in the north. Behind the totalitarian rule of the North Korea depicted by the media, Sung-Hyung takes the audience on a remarkable cinematic journey that steers far from stereotypical interpretations.
Following the lives of ordinary North Korean families, Sung-Hyung meets with those who work in education, agriculture, textiles, and the military to learn about their customs, beliefs, and aspirations for their nation. Set to a stunning North Korean backdrop My Brothers and Sisters in the North brings forth a prosperous and joyful message of how highly North Koreans regard their leader and country.
My Brothers and Sisters in the North has its UK Premiere at the DocHouse on Friday 5th May and then screens daily all week. You can watch the trailer and book your tickets: HERE.
Ahead of its release we have gathered some key quotes from the film that relate to the prevalent themes throughout.
“If the bowl shines then the contents look tasty too.”
Whether it’s during morning song – nursery aged children sing of their love for Marshal Kim Jong Un with patriotic fervour – or at the Patriotic Clothing Factory, North Koreans dedicate their daily work to their revered leader. With every scene comes the ideology of ‘state first, self second.’ Farmers even donate their surplus produce to the state as their love for the fatherland is far greater than personal gain.
“The great comrades Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-il are forever and always with us.”
Throughout My Brothers and Sisters in the North we witness an abundance of propaganda messages soaring high across the nation as reminders of their country’s greatness. From schools to agricultural land, North Koreans believe that their country’s economic state will soar with their determination and hard work.
“Glorious victory for the military first policy”
Sung-Hyung speaks to both men and women who have served in the North Korean military; all of whom praise their time in service and wish that they could have continued had they not been side tracked to another career. ‘Political day’ occurs on a Saturday; the country is educated in the politics of their nation. Residents regard ‘political day’ as a sacred one with no pleasure trips or normal business undertaken.