Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Tragic, just tragic

Originally uploaded by shielaonthepath.
My morning started with Kim Jong-Il. The first film of the day was Friends of Kim, a reportage of the solidarity trip of the Korean Friendship Association to North Korea.

It reminded me in many ways of the stories I have heard of the Finnish solidarity trips to Moscow during the Soviet Union. I know that for instance the leaders of the National Union of Students in Finland travelled to Moscow 1-2 times a year.

The North Korea shown in the documentary seemed bizarre. Stiff with rhetorics not from this decade. Marching and megaphones.

First it seemed highly amusing. But then I started feeling sad. As a Dutch participant of the trip phrased it:"It seems odd. But I get away after 12 days." The fact that a great number of the population is starving is much more tragic and sad than the parades are funny.

1 comment:

Tommi Laitio said...

If interested and able to read Finnish, here is an article of mine published on the website of Suomen Kuvalehti.