ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA. George Orwell...AND ALL PROPAGANDA IS ART. Laibach
The supremely unlikely arrival of Slovenian art-rockers Laibach in North Korea provides ample comic value in this wry, thoughtful documentary.
To the surprise of a whole world, the ex-Yugoslavian cult band Laibach becomes the first rock group ever to perform in the fortress state of North Korea. Confronting strict ideology and cultural differences, the band struggles to get their songs through the needle’s eye of censorship before they can be unleashed on an audience never before exposed to alternative rock’n’roll. Meanwhile, propaganda loudspeakers are being set up at the border between the two Koreas and a countdown to war is announced. The hills are alive…with the sound of music.
Most documentaries or studies of North Korea conclude that it is forever sealed in its own tyranny. For all the absurdity, for all the questionable semi-satire, Laibach actually made contact with North Korea and caused a crack in the wall.
More than a diverting novelty, packed as it is with pointed observations on diplomacy and censorship in a country that’s still a mystery to many.