Kimjongilia

Overview

How can a nation of nearly 24 million people hold up one of the world's most infamous despots as a hero? In most of the world, Kim Jong-Il, president of North Korea, is either feared or despised; he's displayed an open willingness to use nuclear weapons on his enemies, free speech and other basic human rights are all but unknown under his rule, and while a tiny handful of people enjoy wealth in North Korea, a famine claimed the lives of over three million in the nation in the 1990s, with little improvement since....
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Overview

How can a nation of nearly 24 million people hold up one of the world's most infamous despots as a hero? In most of the world, Kim Jong-Il, president of North Korea, is either feared or despised; he's displayed an open willingness to use nuclear weapons on his enemies, free speech and other basic human rights are all but unknown under his rule, and while a tiny handful of people enjoy wealth in North Korea, a famine claimed the lives of over three million in the nation in the 1990s, with little improvement since. But at home, Kim Jong-Il is all but worshiped by the vast majority of his subjects, who celebrate him in song and legend, and one admirer has even bred a special begonia in his honor, which is named "Kimjongilia" and said to celebrate "wisdom, justice, love, and peace." Dancer-turned-filmmaker N.C. Heikin examines both sides of Kim Jong-Il's public persona in the documentary Kimjongilia, which compares and contrasts interviews with North Koreans who speak with awe and admiration of their president alongside unintentionally comic state-produced propaganda films with shocking testimony from South Korean exiles who suffered at the hands of Kim's police and spent years in his prisons. Kimjongilia received its North American premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Unreleased footage & testimony from camp refugees
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • UPC: 705105268415
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,183

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kang Chol-hwan Participant
Shin Dong-hyuk Participant
Mrs. Kim Participant
Kim Cheol-woong Participant
Lee Shin Participant
Byeon Ok-soon Participant
Technical Credits
N.C. Heikin Director, Producer
Peterson Almeida Editor
The Saylors Brothers Co-producer
James Egan Executive Producer
Mike Figgis Executive Producer
Michael Gordon Score Composer
Ellen Kesend Co-producer
Su Kim Co-producer, Producer
Su Kim Co-producer
Mary Lampson Editor
David Novack Producer
Wilhelm Ogterop Animator
Robert Pépin Producer
Kyle Saylors Cinematographer, Co-producer
Kenny Saylors Co-producer
Cho Young-sun Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kimjongilia
1. Hunger [8:40]
2. The Kim Dynasty [3:44]
3. Kang [5:25]
4. Rules of the Sector [8:33]
5. Artists [7:10]
6. The Great Famine [3:07]
7. Escape [5:47]
8. The Military [6:04]
9. To China [6:05]
10. Chinese Prison [4:42]
11. God [6:01]
12. The Future [8:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kimjongilia
   Play
   Chapters
   Special Feature
      Lunch
      The Song of General Kim
      Government Radio
      Human Rights Activist
      Free NK Radio
      Poet
      Play All
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