directed by Uġis Olte & Morten Traavik
Norway/Latvia, 2016, 75 min.
Under the loving but firm guidance of an old fan turned director and cultural diplomat, and to the surprise of a whole world, the ex-Yugoslavian now Slovenian cult band Laibach becomes the first rock group ever to perform in the fortress state of North Korea. Confronting strict ideology and cultural differences, the band struggles to get their songs through the needle’s eye of censorship before they can be unleashed on an audience never before exposed to alternative rock’n’roll. Meanwhile, propaganda loudspeakers are being set up at the border between the two Koreas and a countdown to war is announced.
The hills are alive… with the sound of music.
Directed by: Uġis Olte and Morten Traavik
Produced by: Traavik.Info (Norway), VFS Films (Latvia)
In coproduction with: Mute Records (UK), Norsk Fjernsyn (Norway)
Supported by: National Film Centre of Latvia, Culture Capital Foundation, Arts Council Norway