Songs, Film, and Ideological Shifts in the DPRK

Unlike songs which can put forth a new policy line in the space of a day or two, films take longer to congeal and embody ideological shifts. Chinese media covered this film “Rice Plant Flower” 《稻花》with a slight implication that there might be something about wealth accumulation in it, but it looks to be quite orthodox and in no way indicative of the Party’s reported relinquishing of limited control to selected farmers, let alone a fuller return to the NEP line of the Soviet Union in the early 1920s (which would be improvement in the North Korean context, yes?).

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