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Songs From The North

Soon-Mi Yoo

Documentary / 72min / 2016


SONGS FROM THE NORTH is an essay film which looks differently at the enigma of North Korea, a country typically seen only through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. Interweaving footage from my three visits to North Korea, together with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, SONGS FROM THE NORTH tries to understand, on their own terms, the psychology and popular imaginary of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love which continues to drive the nation towards its uncertain future. To look closely and objectively at North Korea, a country that challenges our most fundamental assumptions about the human condition, is ultimately to question the meaning of freedom, love and patriotism.


Best First Film

67th Locarno International Film Festival  2014


Best First Film

12nd DocLisboa: Documentary International Film Festival


Honorable mention, for the courage, boldness and research 

6th International Film Festival from Fronteira


Jury's special Award



DIRECTOR AND EDITOR Soon-Mi Yoo PRODUCERS  Soon-Mi Yoo, Haden Guest CO-PRODUCER Rui Alexandre Santos POST-PRODUCTION COORDINATION Marta Alves, Andreia Oliveira, Ana Ramalho, Maria Inês Antunes SOUND EDITOR AND MIX Nuno Henrique, Tiago Matos ESOUND ASSISTANT Miguel Cordeiro ASSISTANT EDITOR  Luís Nunes VISUAL EFFECTS Rita Patacas GRAPHIC DESIGN Sofia Bairrão

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