Playing Frisbee in North Korea

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Called "The Hermit Kingdom," North Korea is an enigma wrapped in a quagmire of misinformation, international distrust, and fear. In the middle of this are the people of North Korea, isolated from the world by their own government. PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREA is a documentary from inside North Korea, produced and directed by filmmaker and professor Savanna Washington, who visited the country under a tourist visa. Crossing the bridge into North Korea from China, the country seems trapped in time. Each family is under constant surveillance and any breach or disparaging word against Kim Jong Un or the Kim family dynasty could result in detention inside a brutal forced labor camp. It's in this environment that Savanna manages to capture images of daily life in North Korea by shooting undercover in prohibited areas, despite official minders who keep the tour group separate from everyday North Koreans. Through interviews with North Korean refugees, long-time aid workers, scholars, and experts, the film provides both a historical overview of the country and an authentic, on-the-ground perspective of the lives, struggles, and humanity of the people of North Korea. PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREA also underscores how everyday human moments - such as a simple game between visitors and locals - can contribute to greater understanding and inspire change.

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