Coming to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6: UNDER THE SUN
Vitaly Mansky’s subversive portrait of North Korea debuted at DOK.Leipzig last year. Screenings followed at Nantucket, IDFA, Hot Docs, Tallinn Black Nights, Jihlava, DocPoint, SXSW, DOXA, San Francisco, and Seattle, among others.
I previously wrote about the doc for Nantucket’s program guide, saying:
To gain permission to shoot a documentary in Pyongyang, Russian director Vitaly Mansky works closely with the North Korean government. Functionaries handpick his subjects: 8-year-old Zin-mi, who has just joined a party youth group, and her parents, workers at impressively productive factories. What starts as an authorized portrait of a typical family, however, soon proves to be a carefully orchestrated piece of propaganda. Beyond simply dictating parameters for the supposed documentary shoot, government handlers have written a script to present a utopian version of life inside North Korea. Turning the tables, Mansky instead crafts a wry exposé of Kim Jong-un’s regime.