Icarus Films and
No Festival Required Present:
UNDER THE SUN
A FILM BY VITALY MANSKY
Sunday October 16, 2016 1 pm (doors 12:30 pm)
THIRD STREET THEATER, PHOENIX CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1202 N 3RD ST, PHOENIX, AZ 85004
$11 .00 at the door, $10.00 students with ID.
Reid Butler & Shawna Leach
“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country… Korea is the land of the rising sun,” says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi.
Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky’s watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi’s tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson.
“There’s journalistic filmmaking, and then there’s what Vitaly Mansky does in Under The Sun: a feat of truth-telling so daring that watching it makes you feel like a co-conspirator.”-Norman Wilner, Toronto Sun
“I think the lessons of “Under the Sun” go far beyond the tragic and idiotic delusions of North Korea’s nightmare state, and that those lessons have direct application in Mansky’s country, and in ours.” Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
Critic’s Choice. “Under the Sun.” North Korea is such a strange and different nation, that every documentary glimpse inside, and this is one of the best, involves us completely. – Kenneth Turan, NY Times
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