We recently added The Red Chapel to the DBRL collection. The film played at the True False Film Fest in 2010, and also won the World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Combining the muckraking spirit of Michael Moore with the confrontational comedy of Borat, The Red Chapel is a one-of-a-kind documentary that reveals the injustices of North Korea with a hilariously dark wit … a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves “The Red Chapel”, pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. This stunt is led by the acerbic director Mads Brügger, and assisted by Simon Jul and Jacob Nossell, two performers of South Korean descent. Constantly shadowed by their guide, Mrs. Pak, they fake allegiance to Kim Jong-il and hope for “One Korea.” Only Jacob is allowed to speak his mind. Suffering from cerebral palsy, his halting speech is impossible to translate, so he insults his socialist hosts and receives smiles in return … an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian nightmare.