Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il (DVD)
Directed by N.C. Heikin
Also Available On:Vudu Booking Inquiry
Directed by N.C. Heikin
North Korea is one of the world's most isolated nations. For sixty years, North Koreans have been governed by a totalitarian regime. A cult of personality surrounds its two recent leaders: first, Kim Il Sung, and now, his son, Kim Jong Il. For Kim Jong Il's 46th birthday, a hybrid begonia named kimjongilia was created, symbolizing wisdom, love, justice, and peace. The film draws its name from this bright red flower and reveals the extraordinary stories told by survivors of North Korea's vast prison camps, of deadly famine, and of every kind of repression. In a series of devastating interviews with refugees, director N.C. Heikin traces their torturous paths to freedom, on rickety sailboats and across mountain passes, while exposing the inhuman conditions they suffered in the nation's concentration camps. Their experiences are interspersed with archival footage of North Korean propaganda films and original scenes that illuminate the contours of daily life for a people whose every action is monitored, and whose every thought could bring official retribution. Along with the survivors' stories, KIMJONGILIA examines the mass illusion possible under totalitarianism and the human rights abuses required to maintain that illusion.
DVD Extras Include:
- Unreleased footage and testimony from camp refugees
"...VISUALLY STRIKING, INVENTIVELY CONSTRUCTED... intercuts grim testimony from North Korean defectors with a wide variety of unusual footage." - Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Helmer N.C. Heikin orders up her indictment of the 'Dear Leader' in a manner passionate and artistic, elevating fascinating, woeful facts into a wholly elevated realm." - John Anderson, VARIETY
"Uses the filmmaker's special skills (there are interludes of interpretive dance) to tell the story of defectors from North Korea..." - Michael Cieply, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Documentary) Nominee Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection San Francisco International Film Festival
Interested in bringing Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming Soon! Brand New 4K Restoration! Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture! Mississippi Burning (1988) Star…
THE LAST RESORT resurrects Miami Beach of the 1970s, home to a vibrant population of Jewish retirees, as captured b…' https://t.co/ZwoMVBy4oO'
RT' @Kartemquin': With great sadness and shock, we share the news that Kartemquin associate Bill Siegel, Director of the Academy Award-nomina…
@Kartemquin' @MuhammadAliDoc'' @IndependentLens'' @FordFoundation'' @ITVSIndies'' @autlookfilms'' @OfficialNOI'' @AliCenter…'' https://t.co/Mm21yTKyfF'
RT' @DVDBeaver': Hallelujah the Hills Blu-ray' @KinoLorber' US:' https://t.co/vzpMq1EIBl' CAN:' https://t.co/WzFiIrvX7P' B+N:' https://t.co/4yVvez5…'
RT' @REMEZCLA': Latin American movies about domestic workers have always been told from the perspective of the elite. We discuss Alfonso Cu…
RT' @StampShelley': "Feminist film history in a box."' https://t.co/3uK4xL0zxW'
RT' @CriterionDaily': Toniann Fernandez (@springbrusteen) talks with Pamela B. Green about her documentary, BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A…
RT' @CriterionDaily': →' @ROMACuaron' tops the' @SightSoundmag' “best films of 2018” poll of 164 international critics and curators:' https://t.co…'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.