Film Festival the “Fabricated Scheming of Rodents!”

‘Uriminzokkiri’, North Korea’s main online propaganda outpost targeting the South, has heavily criticized the upcoming North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival, calling it “fabricated scheming” and “a provocative farce made by rodents.”

Writing on the 14th, the website run by the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland declared that the films to be screened at next week’s festival are “blasphemous and defame our great socialist way with the masses at its center.”

It went on, “The South Chosun media is frenziedly advertising these films that can be watched for free at the ‘North Korean Human Rights Film Festival’, but it would be unthinkable for movie makers in competitive South Chosun to screen films for free that required the mobilization of vast human and material resources.”

Concluding therefore that the entire festival is a confrontational conservative plot, it went on, “If funding hadn’t come from the government then it would have been impossible for this to happen.”

Meanwhile, the 2nd annual North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival is to be held at Film Forum in Shinchon on September 20th and 21st. As correctly noted in the critical Uriminzokkiri article, all films and the opening ceremony in Seoul Station Plaza on the night of the 20th are free and open to the public.

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Kang Mi Jin
Kang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to