Monday, December 10, 2012

North Korean Propaganda

North Korean Propaganda

Last night I watched this film that was supposedly a propaganda film for North Korea.
I saw it in a wall of films called “400 Films To Change The World.” I disagree with a good deal of these films, but I can’t resist a documentary that could piss me off and sends me Google hunting for statistics.
This one was presented with the supposed backstory of being presented by two North Korean defectors to a Seoul-based translator. The translator put English dubbing and subtitles over the movie, and posted it on Youtube, expressing a feeling that the film was never intended for North Korean eyes.
On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They presented me with a DVD that recently came into their possession and asked me to translate it. They also asked me to post the completed film on the Internet so that it could reach a worldwide audience. I believed what I was told and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine).
Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film’s extraordinary content. I have now made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Instead, I believe that these people, who presented themselves as ‘defectors’ specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter.
Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I chose to keep posting this film because – regardless of who made it – I believe people should see it because of the issues it raises and I stand by my right to post it for people to share and discuss freely with each other.
I have an unnatural fascination with all things North Korean. I’ve read a number of books on them. I thought I was going to bed in 20 minutes so I put it on without reading anything about it.
This is the link I used:
This is the Youtube link I saw. I haven’t checked it.
It certainly seems to come from the North Korean point of view, or the point of view I’ve read about in many books by defectors. The large amount of information about the outside world is distinctively not North Korean. Twenty minutes in and I knew whoever made this movie did not intend it for a North Korean audience.
The Youtube uploader purports that the North Koreans who gave it to him were likely trying to spread it to the outside world. It seems geared to a Western audience.
I think there must be a real easy way to determine if this was made by North Koreans. Their Korean is different than South Korea’s Korean. If someone could listen to the Korean dubbing they would hear whether a number of antiquated words are used and some others they do not use anymore.
If it doesn’t use that language it’s possible it was made for a Korean and Western audience. It’s also really likely this was just made by an American film maker that wanted to make a point.
That doesn’t explain why the film takes a look at countries normally ignored by American directors, countries that North Korea especially has hatred for. It also doesn’t explain some of the hilariously exhaggerated statistics, which seems more propaganda like.
Why are so many outside sources used when North Korea is infatuated by itself and it’s sources? It was made by a Westerner, I’m guessing, but I wanted it to be North Korean.
Sad how much of it was true.
Eating carrot cake. Green tea with honey made by a farmer. Answering 50+ messages in a day. Scheduling through the end of the month. Now that’s taking care of a business.
Had really good lessons today. A Portuguese professional – in another field, an amazing Italian pro, and a backer and horse from the Netherlands and Ireland. Everyone was really intelligent and brought great hand histories to the table. I love my job.
Going to try and enjoy the rest of my night. I have the new Homeland and Dexter. I feel robbed not having new Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire.
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1 comment:

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