BETWEEN THE GOOSE STEP AND DOLCE VITA – A ROAD TRIP THROUGH A NEW NORTH KOREA

Despite extensive surveillance a German TV-team managed to shoot officially forbidden motifs and gain surprising insights into North Korea’s everyday life.

A seldom seen road trip across North Korea. A bizarre and beautiful country of contrasts, North Korea has long kept its citizens in an ideological freeze. But more and more ordinary people now have the cash to afford imported Western luxuries, thanks to new jobs across the border in China, and the emergence of a thriving black market. Members of Korea’s new class of nouveau riches are starting to look to the outside world, sensing an urge for freedom and doubting their regime’s narrative of a ‘happy, heroic nation’.

Genre Current Affairs, Society
Length 45'
Film by Carmen Butta
Production HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion in co-production with ZDF/ARTE
Original Title Zwischen Stechschritt und Lunapark – Unterwegs in Nordkorea / Entre défilée militaire et parc d’attraction. Voyage en Corée du Nord
Year 2014

Sinuiju, Nordkorea, chinesische Touristengruppe in der Grenzstadt Sinuiju Pyongyang, Nordkorea, Friseursalon
Pyongyang, Nordkorea, Friseursalon _M1A8065

Despite extensive surveillance a German TV-team managed to shoot officially forbidden motifs and gain surprising insights into North Korea’s everyday life.
A seldom seen road trip across North Korea. A bizarre and beautiful country of contrasts, North Korea has long kept its citizens in an ideological freeze. But more and more ordinary people now have the cash to afford imported Western luxuries, thanks to new jobs across the border in China, and the emergence of a thriving black market. Members of Korea’s new class of nouveau riches are starting to look to the outside world, sensing an urge for freedom and doubting their regime’s narrative of a ‘happy, heroic nation’.

Current Affairs
Length 45’
Film by Carmen Butta
Co-Production HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion with ZDF/ARTE, 2014
Original Title Zwischen Stechschritt und Lunapark – Unterwegs in Nordkorea / Entre défilée militaire et parc d’attraction – Voyage en Corée du Nord