N.C. Heikin / USA, South Korea and France USA / 2010 / 75 mins / English and Korean with English subtitles
Kimjongilia (the Flower of Kim Jong Il), is the first film to fully expose the disaster through a tapestry of defectors' stories, North Korean propaganda, and original performance. This feature documentary shows why the defectors fled, describes their hair-raising escapes, and recounts the dangers they face in China, hunted by Chinese as well as North Korean police. These refugees are from every walk of life, from child concentration camp inmates to an elite concert pianist. But their stories all speak of body-and-soul killing repression and paint a picture of a country so far off the rails it defies belief. Ultimately, these humble heroes are inspiring, for despite their suffering, they hold out hope for a better future.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Cornelia Vospernik (ORF), Moderation: Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut und Universität Wien)
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