They Get Slammed on Vimeo for Making This Pro-North Korea Tourism Film: Propaganda or Just Art?

Who do they think they are going to fool? A tourist company pays them to do this promo on Pyongyang in North Korea, and they blatantly praise the place as a tourist destination. We haven’t been living with our heads in holes.

The proof of the inappropriateness of this video is here in a report from only 11 hours ago, quoting a UN investigator saying there is enough evidence for Kim Jong-un to be held “accountable for “massive” human rights atrocities.”

“Kim should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation, and killings that were comparable to Nazi-era atrocities,” reported The Guardian.

North Korea is run by one of the most oppressive regimes of our time. The communist state keeps it’s reality hidden from the outside world, and puts on a shinny, ostentatious face, like a tiger skin on a weasel.

Pyongyang is like a movie set, and tourists will only be allowed to walk around inside it—no peaking at the rest of the country.

The reality is deep poverty, suffering, and starvation for the people living outside of the capital Pyongyang. The people rely on international aid that is often syphoned off to the communist elite first.

JT Singh, from Toronto, is a place branding company claiming: “Singh’s insightful reconnaissance of hundreds of emerging cities offers a lens on “where things are headed” on all crucial aspects of the urban world.”

Some Vimeo followers praised the superb filming, timelapse, and editing…oblivious to the effect propaganda like this can have on the miserable lives of the North Koreans.

It props up the regime and powders its nose. It definitely doesn’t show “where things are heading” for North Korea at all. Not nice.

Enter Pyongyang

Looks aren’t everything. Especially when it’s all a facade. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Vimeo commenters: 

“I want to admire this video for its undeniably outstanding professionalism, but the reality of North Korea as a hideously repressive regime is too conspicuously absent. Shades of a Leni Riefenstahl “I’m only a filmmaker” aesthetic.” Peter Segnitz

“What this film does is leave you feeling that perhaps North Korea is not quite as bad as it’s made out to be, when in fact it’s much worse. A recent UN report accused North Korea of crimes against humanity, including torture, systematic extermination, and mass starvation.

As for Parag Khanna’s foreword; it’s hard to know whether he’s being deliberately disingenuous or simply naive.

Before praising the ‘awe-inspiring Mass Games’ perhaps he should have read what the UN’s Human Rights Council had to say about the games: The children who perform, ‘are compelled to participate (unless their physical appearance does not meet the state-determined ideal). Training will often last an entire year, including 4-6 months during which the participants train all day at the expense of their schooling. Training practice is grueling. Children who do not perfect their performances are subjected to physical punishment…'” Pete Pattisson

“As artists, we hold some sort of ethical responsibility to our fellow human beings. You divested yourself completely of this responsibility upon laying saccharine “feel-good” travel commercial music over your imagery.” Izik Alequin


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