The cinema of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is still a mystery in this country. 
Despite phases of political rapprochement North Korean films (as opposed to South Korean ones) do not appear in commercial distribution or on TV. About 10 years ago our Festival attempted to organize a parallel screening of movies from the North and South of the peninsular, which nearly caused a  political uproar, but promoted the interest of the audience, which has recently been heightened by Vitaly Mansky’s documentary “In the Rays of Sunshine”. 
This year’s program is a new step towards the discovery of this unique cinema, where dogma often becomes the decisive element of the aesthetic quality of a work. The scope of this small cycle of three representative movies is defined by the formula “From ginseng to Juche». The name of the country’s official ideology Juche means “self-reliance”. The documentary “To Keson in search of ginseng” gives a general idea of the southernmost town in the country in relation to its history and natural resources. A live-action reenactment “Classmate’s Diploma” traces the story of one destiny interrelated with Korea’s recent history and reveals the importance of the Korean version of the “cultural revolution”. And finally the film “The Story of Our Family” offers a canonical representation of a family as a metaphor of the nation.