A Filmic Approach to North Korea


What comes to your mind when you hear “North Korea”? – A film team from the Swiss Alpine Museum toured the mountainous Korean peninsula during the brief thaw in relations between the two Koreas (2018/19). The team climbed summits with trekking groups, visited school classes, watched artists at work, travelled to farms in the hilly provinces and stopped off at North Korea’s largest ski resort.

The micro-stories captured on film tell of an everyday existence that you won’t see on the TV news. Forty interviews give a voice to people who are at risk of disappearing behind the political system and our own images of them. Some of these encounters are spontaneous, while others were pre-arranged. Although touching in nature, they also challenge us to question the meaning of what they show if we want to look below the surface. The exhibition will be accompanied by a magazine which explores the content of the film images in greater detail and categorizes them.

Exhibiton in the Swiss Alpine Museum/  Bern until 25 september 2022

Concept / Overall direction / Exhibition texts: Beat Hächler
Conception / Direction / Editing: Gian Suhner
Cinematography /Image Design: Katharina Schelling