Interview: Director Morten Traavik on how North Korea embraced rock music

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The movie Liberation Day shows Laibach, a Slovenian industrial music outfit, bringing western music to North Korea. Co-directed by Latvian Uģis Olte and Norwegian director Morten Traavik, the film recently premiered in Latvia. On the occasion, LTV's Gundars Rēders talks with Traavik over the nature and aims of the film.

"I want to ask questions to the North Koreans - whether the supposedly decadent, terrible western rock music, or, in fact everything associated with Western culture ... is as terrible and dangerous as they think," says Traavik.

"I also want to ask questions the other way - whether North Korea really is as terrible and dangerous as we think," he says.

Watch the complete interview above.

Pointedly, another film concerning North Korea - Vitaly Mansky's Under the Sun - produced in the Rīga-based Vertov studio was released recently. Read an interview with the director HERE

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