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North Korea, 2006 (MIFF 2009, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Jang In-hak

The first ever film from North Korea to be distributed internationally.

A gently sketched tale of a rebellious teenager, exasperated by her overworked parents and the boredom of life in the North Korean countryside, A Schoolgirl's Diary is significant in being the first time that life under Kim Jong-il's regime has been represented in commercial cinema.

Su-ryeon, fed up with the simple country life, longs for the cosmopolitan, apartment-living lifestyle of the city. Frustrated and dissatisfied, Su-ryeon lashes out at her parents and her older sister, but coming events will give her perspective on her situation.

Features the real-life North Korean soccer star Kim Jin-mi as Su-ryeon's tomboyish older sister.

D Jang In-hak P Jo Yeong-gil S An Jun-bo WS Wavelength Pictures L Korean w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2006

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