Under the Sun
Director: Vitaly Mansky Run Time: 110 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2016 Language: English and Korean with English Subtitles
Starring: Hye-Yong, Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong
For one weekend only, Nitehawk presents UNDER THE SUN, the film that shows a rare glimpse into North Korea.
“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country… Korea is the land of the rising sun,” says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky’s watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi’s tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson.