“Let Us Aim High in Creation! A Lecture on North Korean Propaganda Cinema”
Anna Broinowski, Filmmaker, Documentary Lecturer, and Author
Moderated by Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
918 International Affairs Building
No registration required.
Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ever wondered what it’s like to make films inside one of the most powerful propaganda machines on the planet?
Filmmaker and author Dr. Anna Broinowski is the only Westerner to date to have been granted total access to the movie studios, stars, directors, composers, writers and officials of North Korea’s powerful propaganda film industry. As part of her two film shoots in North Korea to produce her documentary and book Aim High in Creation!, Broinowski interviewed and acted for the top cinema makers working in Pyongyang today.
Featuring a library of never-seen-before North Korean movies (from pro-atom bomb thrillers, rom-coms and historical melodramas to military-shoot-em-ups), Broinowski’s masterclass is an immersive journey inside a pre-digital world that still shoots celluloid on non-sinc German cameras, is driven by ideology rather than profit, and remains stubbornly faithful to the techniques set down by ex-dictator (and passionate cineaste) Kim Jong Il in his 1987 Manifesto, The Cinema and Directing.
Whether you want to make your own “revolutionary” North-Korean propaganda film and change the world, or you simply want a unique insight into the beliefs, passions and lives of North Korea’s contemporary filmmakers, Broinowski’s lecture guarantees you will look at North Korea, and the contrastingly sophisticated propaganda techniques now used in the West, with fresh eyes.