Dear Pyongyang

Providing a rare glimpse inside the borders of North Korea, Yonghi Yang’s “deeply personal” (EMRO) documentary presents viewers with a haunting and profound vision of one of the most isolated countries on earth.

The daughter of a leader of the pro-North Korean movement in Japan, filmmaker Yonghi Yang was separated from her brothers at a young age when they were sent to North Korea under a repatriation campaign.  As the economic situation in the North deteriorated, however, the brothers became increasingly dependent for survival on the care packages their parents sent to them from Japan. Yang’s moving film records visits to her brothers in Pyongyang, as well as conversations with her father about his ideological faith, his unyielding devotion to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and his feelings of regret over breaking up the family.


“Director Yonghi Yang has crafted a deeply personal narrative … this film is highly recommended” - Winifred Fordham Metz, Educational Media Reviews Online

“The impossible personal and political quandaries experienced by ethnic Koreans living in Japan find gentle, touching expression in Yang Yonghi’s docu.” – Robert Koehler, Variety

“A thoughtful examination of the universal aspects of familial relations, it’s transcendent, carefully considered, and quietly powerful. Recommended. - Kurt Dahlke, DVD Talk


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