North Korea celebrated the 46th birthday of its dictator Kim Jong Il (the “Dear Leader”) by creating a hybrid red begonia in his honor, naming it kimjongilia. It supposedly symbolized wisdom, love, peace, and justice; none of which are at all in evidence in the North Korea portrayed in N.C. Heikin’s harrowing film about this modern-day slave state. A chain of starkly recorded interviews with people who escaped reveals not just the horror of their day-to-day privations, but also the depth of the near-religious indoctrination the state put them through…
Kimjongilia is in limited release now. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.