Songs from the North

Soon-Mi Yoo
USA, Südkorea, P 2014
72 min

SONGS FROM THE NORTH is an essay film which looks differently at the enigma of North Korea, a country typically seen only through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. Interweaving footage from my three visits to North Korea, together with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, SONGS FROM THE NORTH tries to understand, on their own terms, the phychology and popular imaginary of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love which continues to drive the nation towards its uncertain future. To look closely and objectively at North Korea, a country that challenges our most fundamental assumptions about the human condition, is ultimately to question the meaning of freedom, love and patriotism. (Soon-Mi Yoo)

In the presence of Soon-Mi Yoo, Haden Guest (Producer) and Rui Alexandre Santos (Co-Producer).


  • Soon-Mi Yoo
  • Chu-Li Shewring
  • Nuno Henrique
  • Soon-Mi Yoo
Rosa Filmes, Soon-Mi Yoo, Haden Guest

Rosa Filmes

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