North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society… as imagined back in the 70′s.
Land of Whispers invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world – not to criticize, but to observe and listen.
Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even Google or Wikipedia.
There, the author attempts to pierce through the ever-present ‘national mythology’ and as much as possible, he tries to connect with people – such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.
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Christian Coyhen…Fantastic work. You broke the mould of the West viewpoint. I came away seeing a unique portrayal of DPRK. One, I have not seen before…and I have seen a few. Thankyou for this thought provoking film.
Our host is a lovely young man who goes to North Korea with a group of tourists.
He is very anxious to learn all he can about the people of North Korea and to document his experience on film.
He is foiled at every turn by the group’s so-called “guides”.
Still, he somehow manages to shoot footage of the people he is able to see, but is not allowed to converse with anyone or to go wherever he likes.
Against a background of varied music, our host recounts his thoughts and observations.
Several times he made me laugh, especially when he would refer to Kim Jong Eel as “our dear leader”.
I’m so glad the host managed to film the children at the 30th moment in this doc, because they were so adorable!
Mostly, the Koreans who appeared in this doc looked “hungry”, (just my opinion).
I know for sure if I was on the tour, I would have gotten in a lot of trouble, giggling at the history and explanations recounted by the “guides”, and for attempting to communicate with the real people.
A very strange place, indeed.
The last doc I saw on North Korea featured footage by a hidden camera of starving children searching for food in the dirt, and was not so enjoyable, to say the least.
The music throughout this documentary is most terrifying thing I have ever heard.
Wow, great film. Thanks for sharing!
What a bizarre country with majorly oppressed peoples. By the time there middle aged theres no hope man. It is hard to reprogram someone to reality who has lived a lifetime worth of oppression.