North Korea released its first feature film in five years as part of propaganda efforts to boost pro-government sentiment.
The film, One Day and One Night, tells the story of an army nurse who works to “expose the plots of anti-party and counter-revolutionary sentries, despite death threats”, the filmmakers said. state media.
“The film explains in detail the idea that it is a sacred duty and an obligation of citizens to defend their leader, at the risk of their lives, and to protect their system,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
He said the film would take North Korean filmmaking to “a new level” and was made under “cultural guidelines” from dictator Kim Jong-un and the Workers’ Party.
Pyongyang steps up propaganda efforts
Last month, Kim asked propaganda chiefs to strengthen the public’s ideological commitment to the party and his own family. Film production must resume to meet “the demands of the new era of change and prosperity”, he said.
State television aired a short trailer for the film during the evening news, in which footage of the young protagonist laughing was interspersed with battle scenes.
The film was produced by the Korea April 25 Film Studio, which was founded in 1959 for the purpose of making military-themed films serving as propaganda for the Korean People’s Army.
Kim Jong-il, the dictator’s late father, was known to be a movie fan and is said to have owned more than 20,000 videos and DVDs.
In a book devoted to the subject, he writes: “The cinema occupies an important place in the global development of art and literature. As such, it is a powerful ideological weapon for revolution and construction.