21 March 2010

For everyone interested in North Korean propaganda

It's very surreal stuff. Here is a post about North Korean comic books. One great example:

In The Secret of Frequency A, published in 1994, a group of North Korean teenagers save an unnamed African country from a strange plague, says Heinz Insu Fenkl, an expert on North Korean comics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.With the help of their professor, the kids foil the plans of imperialist scientists from the US and Japan, who have been developing biological weapons.‘The key scene is when the North Korean scientist finds a way to turn a symbol of Biblical plague, locusts, into fertilizer by making them self-destruct,’ Fenkl says. ‘I found this one especially interesting because it was published in 1994, which would have been during the height of the drought and famine in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].’'

Also, here is the beginning of a documentary following the life of a North Korean family. It's kind of creepy how nonchalant the mental impression is.

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