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AFP: Filmmaker shows Japan human side of arch-enemy North Korea

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire August 24, 2006 at 6:45AM

As Pyongyang looms as public enemy number one in Japan, a filmmaker is telling the story of her family divided between the two countries in hopes of driving home a message -- that North Koreans are people, too. Yang Yong-Hi, a Korean born in Japan, spent a decade filming her father, who was formerly a top North Korean representative in Osaka, her mother, and also her three brothers who live in the communist state. The result is "Dear Pyongyang," a light-hearted and overtly apolitical documentary of her family life which won awards at this year's Berlin and Sundance film festivals and opens in Japan on Saturday. Kaori Kaneko reports.
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As Pyongyang looms as public enemy number one in Japan, a filmmaker is telling the story of her family divided between the two countries in hopes of driving home a message -- that North Koreans are people, too. Yang Yong-Hi, a Korean born in Japan, spent a decade filming her father, who was formerly a top North Korean representative in Osaka, her mother, and also her three brothers who live in the communist state. The result is "Dear Pyongyang," a light-hearted and overtly apolitical documentary of her family life which won awards at this year's Berlin and Sundance film festivals and opens in Japan on Saturday. Kaori Kaneko reports.