France / US / South Korea, 2008 (MIFF 2009, States of Dissent)
Director: NC Heikin
“A totally original and ultimately inspiring consideration of the extremes human beings can suffer, and yet still hold out hope for a better future.” - Sundance Film Festival
Kimjongilia is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian and human rights disaster of North Korea. Weaving a narrative from defectors' stories and images of North Korean propaganda, the documentary shows why the defectors fled, describes their hair-raising escapes and recounts the dangers they face in China, hunted by Chinese as well as North Korean police.
These refugees are from every walk of life, from child concentration camp inmates to an elite concert pianist. But their stories all speak of crushing repression, and paint a picture of a state so far off the rails it defies belief.