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Who really knows anything about North Korea beyond its borders? Whatever we see or hear about this isolated land is always the same: Military parades with tanks and rockets, male and female soldiers marching like robots, threats of war, famine, obedient children and not least of all, three generations of dictators and their hysterically adoring followers. Award-winning filmmaker Sung-Hyung Cho pursues this question from right within its midst – in North Korea. 

MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE NORTH portrays the people behind the persistent clichés and stereotypes of a misunderstood nation and provides an in-depth look behind the garish façade of propaganda in a living environment that is usually inaccessible to us. The people encountered by the director on her journey through the country – engineers, soldiers, farmers, painters, seamstresses – are not chance acquaintances, they were chosen by the regime. Nevertheless, Cho approaches her protagonists with sincere interest, respect and most of all, devoid of any judgement. Thus appears a cheerful folk who, despite their often peculiar-seeming love towards their “leader”, have by no means given up on their dreams or the hope of a reunification of both Koreas. 

Category Documentary
Original title Meine Brüder und Schwestern im Norden
Director Sung-Hyung Cho
Production Kundschafter Filmproduktion
Country Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 109 min
Year 2016
Broadcaster HR, WDR
Language Korean, German
Subtitles English, German
Genre Human Interest, Society, Travel


  • "Best Feature Award" LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt Int., Germany (March 2016)
  • "Best Documentary" 26. FILMKUNSTFEST Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (May 2016)
  • "Panorama" São Paulo IFF, Brazil (2016)
  • "Bronze Palm Award - Documentary Feature Competition", Mexico IFF (2017)
  • DMZ International Documentary FF, South Korea (2017)
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