“North Korea: A Day In The Life”

19 11 2008

human_rights_film_festival_posterCanberra’s inaugural Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will screen for three nights from Thursday 20 November at the Finkel Theatre, Australian National University. The festival will showcase a bold collection of award-winning Australian and international films, introduced by human rights experts.  For full program details and to buy tickets, visit www.hraff.org.au/canberra.html

North Korea: A Day In The Life (The Netherlands, 48 min.) will be screened on Saturday 22 November at 6.30pm.

Guest speaker: Dr Leonid Petrov, ANU

In this narration-less documentary the family of Hong Sun Hui, a female worker in a textile factory, is taking us through an ordinary day in the country of the Beloved Leader Kim Jong Il. The people undergo an endless stream of propaganda. Unmoved, they perform their duty. At the nursery school, Hong’s daughter learns that ‘flowers need the sun and she needs the love of the Great Leader to grow’. The system of indoctrination, control and self-criticism seems both frightening and ridiculous. Although unexpected, an escape is underway: English lessons for Hong’s brother seem to bring a spark of hope. But ‘Internet’ is still just a word: it means International Network!

Thursday 20 November
In Our Backyard – Australian Shorts Session
Guest speaker: Professor George Williams, University of NSW
Opening Night Drinks 5.45pm, screening 6.30pm

Friday 21 November
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Guest speaker: the film’s Emmy-Award winning director, Lisa Jackson
Screening 6.30pm

Saturday 22 November – Short Film Double-Bill
North Korea: A Day In The Life (The Netherlands)
Please Vote For Me
Guest speaker: Dr Leonid Petrov, ANU
Screening 6.30pm followed by Closing Night Drinks

Venue: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 54c, Garran Road, ANU (map)