Over the course of one year, this film follows the life of an ordinary Pyongyang family whose daughter was chosen to take part in Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong-il's birthday) celebration. While North Korean government wanted a propaganda film, the director kept on filming between the scripted scenes. The ritualized explosions of color and joy contrast sharply with pale everyday reality, which is not particularly terrible, but rather quite surreal.
Attributes: Slow, Dark, Watch By Myself
Release date: July 6, 2016
Runtime: 106 min
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Writer: Vitaly Mansky