DPRK: the Land of Whispers

Directed & Produced by Matt Dworzanczyk

North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society… as imagined back in the 70′s.

Land of Whispers invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world – not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia.  There, the director attempts to pierce through the ever-present ‘national mythology’ and as much as possible, he tries to connect with people – such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.

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The film is non-commercial, was made with private money and is available for viewing online, for free.  All funds raised will be used for festival/contest fees as well as for upcoming projects, such as the doc about the Khau Vai Love Market in remote, mountainous Vietnam.  Any amount helps.  If you like the film, if you want to see more project like it – please, please make sure to donate!  More such films can only be made with your help.  Thanks!

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15 Comments. Leave your Comment right now:

  1. by Yaemin Kim

    I am a 25 year old Korean living in Seoul. I came across your video while searching for videos on North Korea in one of Korea’s downloading site. I greatly enjoyed watching this video. I loved the narrative of the film especially by the end. Thanks for making such an effort and providing it for free. I will always look for more works by your company.

    • by etheriumsky

      Thank you much!

  2. by Eduardo malongo

    An amazing documentary! Kpp going and distribute it to the big Tv networks!

  3. by sly

    excellent film!!
    amazing shooting quality, great camera work. (even though your time-lapse was interrupted, it was still beautiful!)
    i enjoyed the narrative very much – its been a while since ive seen someone make a film about a very controversial topic in such an intelligent and open-minded way. im full of admiration for your intellect, positive unbiased approach, and very cool attitude.
    last, but not least – i love the music choice. i have never seen a documentary with a soundtrack so flawlessly picked and well edited together with the shooting!
    national geographic, travel channel, and any other major documentary studios should learn from you!!
    hands down, best DPRK documentary ever made.

    • Thank you so much! Really appreciate your support and all the good words!

  4. by comradejur

    Thanks in Greatness for letting us see such documentary, I have shown this film to some of my friends here in Bacolod City, Philippines, and your film has changed the atmosphere of opinions of most of my fellow Filipinos towards the DPRK, its open, positive, not one sided and has a unique approach to see the DPRK.

    the music is very inspiring for most people like me and has seen such positive outlook on how DPRK keeps its cultural roots alive up to this day, keep it up!!

    hoping someday I can visit this country when it opens up.. MANSE!!

    • Thank you much for watching and getting in touch!

  5. by E

    This is fascinating documentary that has given us such an special, intimate insight into North Korea. I’m a South Korean-born, Australian-raised lady. When I read or watch things about North Korea, I realise we are the same people but divided by politics. So I felt quite emotional seeing the real people of North Korea in your documentary, speaking my family’s language. The smiling waitress you met who played Angry Birds left quite an impression on me. It’s incredible how different North Korea is to South, and again to Australia. I’m still a little bit fearful of North Korea but your documentary has shown me many more things to think about. Cheers, and I look forward to watch more of your thought-provoking documentaries.

  6. by Andrej

    I really enjoyed the move, its very good filmed and I liked your attitude!

    I was born and raised in the UdSSR but we moved to a western country later – to be honest this movie made me very nostalgic and gave me a warm feeling inside but the terrifying thing is that I know how brutal the regime is and still after many years (leaving UdSSR) I feel that NK is more home than the west.

    Thank you very much for reminding me of fears of the (socialistic) dictatorships and the warm feeling they are trying to give.

    I It would be cool if you will get there an other time to film 🙂

    • by Andrej

      Just to be clear, the North Korean regime is still unacceptable and I can’t understand how the leaders can live with that.

    • Sounds similar to me, I grew up at the break of communism in Eastern Europe so certainly understand what you mean 🙂

  7. by Abby Dees

    Thank you for this beautiful film! I have always been interested in North Korea and, like many people, puzzled and saddened by its apparent impenetrability. This film evokes those feelings gracefully, respectfully and yet, absolutely honestly. There is no other agenda that I can see but to simply try to connect to the North Koreans as fellow humans, despite the many, many walls that exist between the North Koreans and everyone else.

    • Thank you much for watching and sharing your thoughts!

  8. by michael

    I meant to post this comment sooner but i never had the chance to do so. I am 14 year old boy who lives in America. I love traveling and learning about weird and abnormal places. I have always been intrested in the DPRK. I have seen 5 or 6 different docummentaries on the country and yours has been by far the best! I dream of traveling the world someday and to visit the DPRK. Someday. I even want to make my own travel documentary someday. I am excited to see some more of your work.

    keep up the good work!

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