03/26 | SOON-MI YOO Songs from the North at Gene Siskel Film Center


“Yoo ventures into uncharted territory as she attempts to understand the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people on their own terms, the fissures between daily life and its propagandistic representation, and the ideology of absolute devotion to the ruler who continues to drive the nation towards its uncertain future.” Curator Andrea Picard

South Korea–born and Cambridge-based artist Soon-Mi Yoo’s debut feature is a nuanced look at political ideology and everyday life in North Korea. Winner of the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best First Feature at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, the film interweaves biography (Yoo’s father fought in the war and many of his left-leaning friends abandoned South Korea for the North), images, and interviews shot on three visits to the country, popular television spectacles, cinema, and song.

Conversations at the Edge at Gene Siskel Film Center 6pm Soon-Mi Yoo in person

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