I Spy a Spy: Social Anxiety and Farce in North Korean Comedy Film

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There has been a long history of cultural development which has impacted social life and the worldview of North Koreans. One of the cultural aspects that is often overlooked when discussing North Korea is comedy films. This presentation plays out against a ghostly landscape of North Korean society, much of which is tragic: the Korean War, economic crises, tensions along the DMZ, and famine. North Korean comedy films are both a response to the grief and a salve for the wound.

This talk will be presented by Dr. Immanuel Kim, professor of Korean literature and culture studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. Dr. Kim is a specialist in North Korean literature and cinema.