The Juche Idea

Direction
Year 
2010
Country
  • United States 
Runtime
62min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

In the late 1960's Kim Jong Il guaranteed his succession as the Dear Leader of North Korea by adapting his father's Juche (pronounced choo-CHAY) philosophy to propaganda, film and art. Translated as self-reliance, Juche is a hybrid of Confucian and authoritarian Stalinist pseudo-socialism. The film is about a South Korean video artist who comes to a North Korean art residency to help bring Juche cinema into the 21st century. Inspired by the real-life story of the South Korean director kidnapped in the 70's to invigorate the North Korean film industry, the film follows Yoon Jung Lee, a young video artist invited to work at a Juche art residency on a North Korean collective farm. The story is told through the films she made at the residency as well as interviews with a Bulgarian filmmaker and even a brief sci-fi movie.

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  • Original Title
    The Juche Idea
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jim Finn
  • Music
    Pauline Oliveros, Neung Phak
  • Sound
    Jesse Stiles
  • Runtime
    62 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2010
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Awards
    • Best Narrative Feature, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2008
    • Honorable Mention, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2008

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