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Schedule for Mini North Korean Film Festival

mini-north-korean-festivalThe Bookworm and Koryo Tours present a mini North Korean Film Festival. Over two weeks, five movies featuring elements of travel, DPRK propaganda as well as a story with Dennis Rodman will be shown at The Bookworm. After the movies we will have Q-and-A sessions with a representative from Koryo Tours to discuss the subject covered in each film. The Koryo tours just came back from the Pyongyang International Film Festival so they have a lot of knowledge and experiences to share! Check what they do here:

November 30th at 7:30pm: A State of Mind (2004) (93 min)

A State of Mind is a 2004 documentary film directed by Daniel Gordon and produced by Nicholas Bonner, the founder of Koryo Tours. The film follows two North Korean child gymnasts and their families for over eight months during training for the 2003 Pyongyang mass games. The film won two awards at the North Korean Pyongyang International Film Festival in 2004 and was shown at 11 other film festivals worldwide before being released in a theatrical run in 2005. Buy your tickets online here

December 2nd at 7:30pm:  Friends of Kim (2006) (71min)

A Dutch film crew follows a group of Westerners on a 12-day tour of North Korea organized by the western-based Korean Friendship Association. The documentary shows various staged events, partly in honor of the group and partly where the tour participants are being exploited for propaganda purposes. The film features commentary by the group members throughout. It also documents an incident whereby ABC News journalist Andrew Morse has his hotel room broken into and his videotapes stolen by the leader of the KFA, Spanish citizen Alejandro Cao de Benos de Les y Pérez. Buy your tickets online here

December 5th at 7:30pm: Aim High in Creation (2013) (1hour 20min)

Determined to stop a gas mine being built near her inner-city Sydney home, Anna Broinowski, in a world first, goes to North Korea to meet the masters of propaganda film-making, who teach her how to make a revolutionary drama in which “heroic workers” overthrow the “evil gas miners” – all executed in the Dear Leader’s proudly melodramatic style. Back in Sydney, Anna’s brave western cast follow the North Koreans’ instructions, culminating in an uplifting, anti-capitalist drama. Buy your tickets online here

December 9th at 7:30pm: Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015)

Dennis Rodman is on a mission. After forging an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he wants to improve relations between North Korea and the US by staging a historic basketball game between the two countries. But the North Korean team isn’t the only opposition he’ll face… Condemned by the NBA and The Whitehouse, and hounded every step of the way by the press, can Dennis keep it together and make the game happen? Or will it go up in a mushroom cloud of smoke? For the first time, discover the true story of what happened when Dennis Rodman took a team of former-NBA players to North Korea and staged the most controversial game of basketball the world has never seen.

December 14th at 7:30pm: Departures (2009) 

Departures (also promoted as departures.) is a travel adventure television series. Featuring Nick Bonner going to North Korea.

Ticket for 5 movies: 200RMB (Includes 5 free drinks)

Buy your ticket for 5 movies here

Tickets also can be ordered via [email protected]

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