SOAS seminar: Socialist competition and class formation in DPRK, 1953-56

A seminar at SOAS tomorrow, just announced. Looks interesting. Socialist competition and class formation in North Korea’s post-Korean War recovery, 1953-1956 Dr Owen Miller (SOAS) Friday 6 December 2019, 5:15 – 7:00 pm Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre Register on SOAS website Abstract How did North Korea manage to recover […]

Film Screening: North Korean Ghost Ships

Nicholas Ahlmark (Director) Friday 22 November 2019, 5:15 – 7:00pm SOAS, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre Register on SOAS website Documentary filmmaker Nicholas Ahlmark, will visit to show his new documentary ‘North Korean Ghost Ships’ and give a Q+A. Director Biography Nicholas has built a career and reputation working on documentaries for […]

SOAS seminar: North Korea and Socialist Czechoslovakia

The second SOAS seminar of June: North Korea and Socialist Czechoslovakia from the World War II to Sino-Soviet Split Amb. Jaroslav Olša, jr. Friday 14 June 2019, 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: SOAS Brunei Gallery Room: B204 | Register on the SOAS website Abstract The seminar focuses on the decade of the most intensive cooperation […]

Nick Bonner’s Made in North Korea arrives in Seoul

The Korea JoongAng Daily has a nice feature on Nick Bonner’s collection of North Korean everyday graphic design. His collection was on show in London’s House of Illustration last year, and arrived at the Hongik Daehangno Art Center (Hyehwa subway) in December, where it will remain until early April. It is well worth a visit. […]

Screening: The Gift of Love

Join the Korea Future Initiative and Connect: North Korea on February 22nd at 7pm in New Malden Methodist Church for a screening of ‘The Gift of Love’, a new film by North Korean exile and film director Gim Gyu Min. Following the screening, Mr Gim will join for a Q+A. Screening of ‘The Gift of […]

North Korea’s Nuclear Program – A New Perspective

SOAS’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Society and North Korean Culture Society host a public meeting offering new perspectives on the North Korean nuclear issue Monday 28 January 2019, 7pm till 9pm (Ending time depends on discussion) Venue: Room G3 | SOAS main building | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG Guest Speaker: […]

Sokeel Park awarded MBE

Congratulations to Sokeel Park for being awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, published on 28 December. The official citation in the Foreign Secretary’s Diplomatic Service and Overseas List reads: Sokeel John PARK, Country Director, Liberty in North Korea. For services to UK/Korea relations … though you suspect that Mr Park is […]

Michael Palin in North Korea on Channel 5

Actor, TV personality and travel writer Michael Palin will be presenting a two-part documentary from the week or so he spent in North Korea earlier this year. He happened to be in the country during the meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un. The first episode screens on Thursday 20 September at 9pm on […]

Film review: The Propaganda Game

The SOAS North Korea Society recently hosted a screening of Álvaro Longoria’s The Propaganda Game. The documentary is not going to tell you anything new about North Korea, its on-location original footage being the product of a fully-chaperoned three-day tour in Pyongyang and the DMZ. What it does do, however, is hinted at in its […]

Korea Future Initiative publishes #UsToo report on North Korea

The #MeToo campaign is generating so much news in South Korea that it could be easy to forget that the same issues exist, to a greater degree, north of the border. Korea Future Initiative is a London-based organisation that rescues vulnerable North Koreans, reports and investigates human rights violations, and provides redress for exiles through […]

Rory MacLean: Inside the world’s most secretive nation

A follow-up to the British Council exhibition of Nick Danzinger’s photographs, presented in conjunction with the production of The Great Wave at the National Theatre. Inside the world’s most secretive nation Tues 10 April, 6pm – 7pm Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, National Theatre Tickets £7 (concessions £5) | Buy tickets Rory MacLean travelled to […]

Screening: The Propaganda Game

The SOAS North Korea Society invites you a screening of the film ‘The Propaganda Game’. The Propaganda Game Dir Álvaro Longoria (2015, 1h 38min) Wednesday 21 March at 7pm SOAS, 22 Russell Square Room T101 Check for updates on the event’s Facebook page The Propaganda Game is a 2015 documentary film about North Korea by […]

Screening: Comrade Kim Goes Flying

If you pop along to the House of Illustration to see Nick Bonner’s current exhibition, you can pick up a DVD of Comrade Kim Goes Flying. You can also find copy of Centre Forward (reviewed here). Both disks are on the pricey side. But for less than half the price of one of them, you […]