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.
“Who did they shoot?… A guy with a camera.” ... While those in the West might bemoan the falling standards of news media, the Burmese live in a world where journalism of any kind is illega… More »
USA, UK, 2009
Is there a tougher woman than Rebiya Kadeer? ... Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uygh… More »
USA, France, 2009
“Aghion's powerful film sets the beauty of a country against the unimaginable barbarity [that] took place.” - Screen International ... Could you ever forgive the people who slaughtered your famil… More »
China, France, 2009
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... Giving voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao Liang spent 12… More »