This Is What It’s Like Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort | Short Film Showcase
Published on Aug 6, 2017
Get a glimpse of what life is like in North Korea, a country rarely seen by foreigners. Britain’s fastest snowboarder Jamie Barrow is our guide around the DPRK’s capital city Pyongyang before he heads up to the slopes of Masikryong. Follow filmmaker Jackson Kingsley on Twitter at @cinematicamedia. Jackson Kingsley: http://www.jacksonkingsley.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinematicamedia ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email email@example.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta
Britain’s fastest snowboarder Jamie Barrow is our guide around the DPRK’s capital city Pyongyang before he heads up to the slopes of Masikryong. Follow filmmaker Jackson Kingsley on Twitter. https://twitter.com/cinematicamedia This Is What It’s Like Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/csoP8Didoi0 National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
What I most often find in these efforts to attempt an understanding is the inability to see the forest for the trees… to see the big picture.
And here it is again.
My problem with the blurb above is that although the title of the film is completely correct, the description provided for it by National Geographic starts with the line: “Get a glimpse of what life is like in North Korea, a country rarely seen by foreigners.”
No foreigner gets to see what life is like in North Korea. Ever. (Wait, what? What are you on about, Ig?) They get to see what life is like in Pyongyang, which has rather little to do with what the people experience outside of that city. Not typically mentioned in these works is the little tidbit that notes that… in order to live in the capitol, one needs to have a life that is connected to the functioning of the government. And you need to have shown a high level of loyalty to and performance for the government. Regular folks do not live in Pyongyang. Perhaps the filmmakers are not aware of this? Could be, I suppose.
Shortly thereafter they get to see what life is like in the purpose-built showcases. The out-of-town museums and such. And that certainly includes this most recent project of the continuing stream of wasted effort passed off as a service to the people that is used to pacify outsiders. Note that just like in the museums and restaurants and model homes and other places you can check out in explorations readily available online… for example such as the excellent Vice series, the visitor in the video along with the crew are the only people there. This is to be expected. This is the norm. These places are propaganda…and sure, you can give em some dough and go ski there, but, I am confident that no North Korean citizen has partaken of this place…nor will they ever.