July 29, 1994 |
In North Korea, the sacred Mt. Paekdu mourned for Kim Il Sung, the dictator who ruled the country from 1948 until he died July 8. A double rainbow signaled his death. Paying tribute, swallows hovered above statues of him scattered throughout the country.
July 10, 1989 |
It started innocently enough. Two journalists, an American and a Japanese, walked into an attractive noodle shop, filled with Korean customers, a few blocks from an area of grand sports stadiums and new hotels filled with visitors to the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. The restaurant's windows bore posters of the festival, and the ceiling was strung with small flags of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It was spotlessly clean and freshly painted. Customers were well dressed.
July 2, 1989 |
Kim Chan Bok, a 39-year-old homemaker, tailor and mother of three, lives with her family in a tiny tile-roofed home, painted white with blue trim, in the satellite town of Ryongsong, about 10 miles outside of central Pyongyang. Kim's husband and father both are construction workers.
May 16, 1995 |
With revolutionary opera booming from the speakers in the Kim Il Sung Stadium, thousands of 6-year-olds performed synchronized splits, cartwheels and back flips in perfect formation. When the music stopped, the children shouted, "We miss the smile of the Great Leader," and began crying. The crowd of 100,000 North Koreans applauded loudly as the youngsters raced from the field, wiping tears from their cheeks.
December 17, 2007 |
WASHINGTON -- China had its pingpong players, the Soviet Union its ballet dancers, Iran its soccer players. Now the New York Philharmonic is making a musical overture to North Korea. Arts and sports can open doors abroad that diplomatic jawboning might not, although the record is mixed. The Philharmonic will perform Feb. 26 in one of the most closed societies in the world, a Stalinist nation whose leader rules by decree and is accused of starving and torturing his people.
October 6, 2012 |
When the Belgian filmmaker Anja Daelemans and the British-born documentarian Nicholas Bonner resolved six years ago to collaborate, they decided to add an unusual challenge: make a movie in and about North Korea. It was, the filmmakers agreed, a wild idea. "A bottle of whiskey was involved," said Bonner, only half-joking. After all, no Western-financed movie had ever been produced inside North Korea. And no film shot inside the country had ever been edited outside it, as the pair wanted to do. North Korea's repressive government - which had occasionally collaborated with China and the former Soviet Union on films, and once co-produced a movie with South Korea - had always refused to work with any entity from a Western European or English-speaking country.