A elderly man bows before statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. A new documentary has shown how the state ceaselessly manipulates the people. Photo: AP

In North Korea, behind the fixed smiles, a world of tears and bullying is revealed

Donald Kirk says, in the run-up to the party congress in Pyongyang, a new documentary about how the state brainwashes its subjects and forces them to participate in its scripted unreality should give us pause for thought

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A elderly man bows before statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. A new documentary has shown how the state ceaselessly manipulates the people. Photo: AP
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