“Enter Pyongyang” is another in a long history of political propaganda from a country who routinely starves it citizens and kills defectors. the video’s assumed aim is to show how ‘progressive’ the city is and how ‘normal’ its citizens are.
The first thing that strikes you is how physically small the population is. In South Korea, its not uncommon for a European to be towered over by teenagers eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables readily available to the rest of the world. On average, their North Korean cousins seems diminutive in comparison.
The fashion of Pyongyang is the most telling of all. It seems they’ve just entered the 1980s, with roller-blades as much a fashion statement as the wind-breakers worn by most youth.
The video description supplied by the videographers (and more than likely run by numerous government officials before publication) requests that;
“If you travel there not to judge but to appreciate, you will come away with a better understanding of how challenging national transformation can be.”
Let’s not forget that this city is basically a front (with people in it instead of just a ghost town) to show the rest of the country (and now the world) how ‘right’ their culture of seclusion is. In North Kroea, its a great privilege to be selected to live in Pyongyang and serve the government. That’s right, every single one of the city’s citizens serves the political machine (either directly through their work or indirectly through familial support) that stuffs the face of Kim Jong Un.
The video description goes on to say;
Anyone who has witnessed the awe-inspiring Mass Games knows that, with great sacrifice, North Koreans can pull off a performance unparalleled in its precision.
Great sacrifice indeed.