A rare glimpse of everyday life in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang: Zin-Mi is an adorable 8-year-old girl, who, as she prepares to join the prestigious Children's Union, participates in colorful, joyous patriotic school pageants, eats delicious evening meals at her family's well-appointed apartment, and is doted on by her attractive parents who work in model factories that regularly exceed their production targets. Sounds too good to be true? Of course it is. Russian director Vitaly Mansky reveals the fraud behind the "documentary." Government handlers script the family's conversations, constantly demanding re-takes infused with greater patriotic spirit. This amazing peek at North Korean has been described as surreal and sinister. In Korean with English subtitles.
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