Little Pyongyang: a North Korean’s life in London


Choi Joong-what, a former soldier in North Korea, lives today with his spouse and kids in the sleepy London suburb of New Malden, home to Europe’s biggest North Korean populace. Despite enjoying the newfound comforts of his British life, he would like to return to a country that also seems like his real domestic.

In the Guardian’s ultra-modern documentary, Little Pyongyang, Joong-who reflects on why he left North Korea and the nation of his day-to-day life over numerous months, in a portrait of loss, longing, and the complexities of healing from trauma.

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Director Roxy Rezvany is a British filmmaker of Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese descent. She has been acknowledged for employing The Dots as one of their Creative Trailblazers of 2018. After a career in television producing, which covered the twice Emmy-nominated program Gaycation, Little Pyongyang is her directorial debut. It premiered in opposition at CPH: Dox Festival in 2018 and had its UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Could you pay attention to our Doc Tales podcast for greater background on Roxy and this documentary?

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