North Korea, A Day in the Life

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!



Country of Production
The Netherlands

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

48 min

Pieter Fleury

Golden Monkey Enterprises in co-production with VPRO

Original Language
Korean, English


Festivals / Awards

Pyongyang FF 2004
DOK Leipzig 2004
Nederlands FF Utrecht 2004
IDFA 2004
Human Rights in Film IFF Warsaw 2004
FIPA Biarritz 2005
IndieLisboa 2005
DFF Munich 2005
Seattle IFF 2005
Silverdocs 2005
FID Marseille 2005
Karlovy Vary IFF 2005
Vancouver IFF 2005
Bergen IFF 2005
Leeds IFF 2005
DocuDays Beirut 2005
RIDM Montréal 2005
L’Alternativa Barcelona 2005
Asiaticafilmmediale Rome 2005
European DFF Oslo 2006
Human Rights Nights Film Festival Bologna 2006
Al Jazeera Int. Television Festival 2006
EIDF TV Festival Seoul 2006
One World Human Rights Film Festival Prague 2008