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Propaganda2012

  • 4.0
Controversial to its core, this hard-hitting anti-Western propaganda film looks at the influence of American culture on the rest of the world from a North Korean perspective. As first reported on mainstream new around the world, PROPAGANDA is allegedly a video smuggled out of North Korea. Brilliantly using this "fake North Korean propaganda" found-footage device, Slavko Martinov first parodies its language and stylings, before targeting the mountain of hypocrisies and contradictions that make up the modern Western world. In doing so, PROPAGANDA delivers a devastating blow to those who might be quick to laugh at "backward" ideologies before considering how 21st century political and cultural trends have hurt the moral high ground of the rest of the world.

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Because it is a "documentary", this film should not be judged by acting, directing, camera work, etc., but by the facts. I saw many facts presented which reminded me that I had long ago dismissed them because I had arrived at certain beliefs about them. I have no doubt that my beliefs were heavily influenced by the kind of propaganda that this film itself condemns. Propaganda and documentaries are but two sides of the same coin. I am very glad I watched this too-long film because I was reminded of all the things about America that have bothered me: advertising, military, big business, celebrities, racism, shallowness, vanity, censorship, blindness, self-deception. Until more of us look at ourselves, search for the facts about us, and own what each of us is responsible for, we are at the mercy of the propagandists and their sponsors. The film's probable target audience was the whole world which has encountered our selfishness and "nation-building" as well as our tourists, and are very likely to draw negative conclusions about who we are and what we stand for. It is time for each of us to stop believing the propaganda (and political BS) we have been fed and begin with an examination of who we are, who we have been, and decide who we wish to be. It might lead to better relationships with the world, our neighbors and ourselves. In the meantime, avoid advertising at all costs. It's propaganda.

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It is unclear to me if this is simply made to look like a N Korean production, or if it actually is one. Regardless, I think most people with any critical thinking skills are aware that our country and western culture is increasingly dominated by corporate interests. Recent technologies have simply expedited the process. But like most these types of docs, regardless who produced it, this makes broad statements, often out of context, and shows an incomplete and one-sided argument, and offers no real solutions. And throwing in absurdly paranoid theories like the United States plotting and staging its own terrorist attacks like 9/11 only reveals a very slanted view. There is no doubt that the general public today is more complacent , unquestioning, and occupied with lowbrow and tabloid style entertainment, but it is the result of many factors, not the least of which is the result of decades of lessened education and access to technologies that will readily fill empty minds with empty values if that is what they seek. Our entertainers, and our politicians are there because the public empowers them. And to me that may be even sadder.

But we aren't all idiots. And crap culture was always there, and not uniquely western.

At any rate reading the articles on Fandor and the comments of users helps convince me that there are still some inquisitive and intellectual minds among us. :) And I bet they would not allow this type of media in N Korea. It is what one makes of it- a treasure or a trash heap.

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It's not a real documentary. That's just a framing device.

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Best film on Propagands I've ever seen. It really let's you really see how other countries see America.. I learned so much that I didn't know. *

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nobody choses to live in n.korea 2 chicks in shower was fun

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Because it is a "documentary", this film should not be judged by acting, directing, camera work, etc., but by the facts. I saw many facts presented which reminded me that I had long ago dismissed them because I had arrived at certain beliefs about them. I have no doubt that my beliefs were heavily influenced by the kind of propaganda that this film itself condemns. Propaganda and documentaries are but two sides of the same coin. I am very glad I watched this too-long film because I was reminded of all the things about America that have bothered me: advertising, military, big business, celebrities, racism, shallowness, vanity, censorship, blindness, self-deception. Until more of us look at ourselves, search for the facts about us, and own what each of us is responsible for, we are at the mercy of the propagandists and their sponsors. The film's probable target audience was the whole world which has encountered our selfishness and "nation-building" as well as our tourists, and are very likely to draw negative conclusions about who we are and what we stand for. It is time for each of us to stop believing the propaganda (and political BS) we have been fed and begin with an examination of who we are, who we have been, and decide who we wish to be. It might lead to better relationships with the world, our neighbors and ourselves. In the meantime, avoid advertising at all costs. It's propaganda.

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Are you sure the Fox Network didn't produce this film. it is real easy to point out other government faults to direct away from there many atrosities. I fought in the middle east and say first had the crimes that Amarican Solders commited> I may self will never forget the many people I have killed. The problem is that all movements feel thy are right, so any amount of force and violence is permitted in achieving those goals. Ever thing they spoke about I actualy can agree with. I don't beleave replacing one gov for another. They use our quotes to criisize the US gov> This movie is diffent eye opening.

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interesting perspective that separates it well enough from the dime a dozen political docus that seem to populate the internet. recommended.

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What's difficult to digest about this film is that it isn't really propaganda at all. Like it or not, every critique that has been levelled against us is the naked truth. The narrator continually refers back to Chomsky and Zinn in order to shed light on the truth behind imperialism, corporate fascism and a mass population of avaricious, self-centered, spoiled and shallow consumers.

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Very good. Funny to see DPRK propaganda quoting Chomsky and Zinn when critiquing fascism in the west... the Left is as blind as the Right when it comes to the REAL freedom proposed by the only intellectually consistent and moral position... Anarchism. DPRK and state socialism are as disgusting as oligarchical fascist and corporatist governments.

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It's not a real North Korean propaganda film. That's just a framing device.

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This being a North Korean movie no self-critical analysis of the regime of that country should be expected to be shown in this movie.

On the other hand, the depiction of the West as being besotted with money and driven to eternally grasp for more of it is sadly quite accurate.

The power of propaganda lies with the fact that there are usually grains of truth in it.

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Great to see a piece of propaganda from the so called "enemy"! It is always good to hear the views of "the opposite side of the coin"!! "Know thy enemy" and my enemy ceases to be thy enemy! ;)

Watched it with my 17 year old daughter and it really opened up her mind about how the media is used to inculcate us into certain ways of seeing and thinking. Many graphic and disturbing images made it that much more powerful.

An excellent, mind-twisting, disturbing view of modern Western culture as North Korea might portray it. You can tell it is fake because of the numerous quotations from people like Noam Chomsky or Nelson Mandela, total strangers to North Koreans. But the twisted reasoning leads to mind-blowing insights. The insistence on George W Bush as someone who committed crimes against humanity is powerful.

Painful to watch how other societies see the West.

Warning: Graphic violence.

Seems that the North Koreans have something to teach... be warned, this documentary contains graphic imagry

it is Ok , but doctored like all docs.