黨 Propaganda and Agitation Department, newly formed ‘Technical Department’ to find and edit errors in movies

Video produced by Chosun Archives and Science Film Studio. /Photo = Screen capture of the North Korean propaganda media ‘Echo’ website

It is reported that the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the North’s Central Party recently organized three technical departments under its direct control for the permanent preservation, management and use of propaganda-educational films. It is said that these departments are tasked with finding out every scene in which those who have been purged and executed under the Kim Jong-un regime appear, and revising and editing them with the latest technology.

An insider inside North Korea told Daily NK on the 16th, “On the 10th, technical departments 1, 2, and 3 were created directly under the Party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department. If they appear in the film literature, documentary film, or art film, it is to be thoroughly erased and removed.”

According to the source, these departments belong to the Party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department, but their offices are Chosun Archives and Science Film Studio (Pyongyang Dongdaewon District), April 25 Art Film Studio (Pyongyang Nakrang District), and Chosun Art Film Studio (Pyongyang Hyeongseongsan) under the Ministry of Culture. each zone). It is explained that the measure was taken in consideration of convenience so that various movies produced at the studio can be taken out and worked immediately.

Located in the Chosun Archives and Science Film Studio, Department 1 has three sub-organizations, including two practical departments and a supporting editing lab. ▲NaeNara Information Center ▲The 1st Technology Information Center ▲Geumseong Academy ▲Computer College, etc. It is known that about 80 people, including technicians, are affiliated with it.

The 2nd and 3rd divisions in the 4·25 Arts Film Studio and the Chosun Artistic Film Studio are smaller in size than the 1st division, and each has a working department and a support editing lab under each of them, and it is said that it has about 30 workers.

A new identification card with the words ‘Party Propaganda and Agitation Department Technical Dept.’ was assigned to all workers in the Technical Department. The source said it was given.

Regarding the background of the creation of the Ministry of Technology, the source said, “At the time of the 8th Party Congress, the task of bringing about a revolution in the arts and culture was given, and the problem of developing and developing the films produced so far can be used permanently for ideological education projects,” said a source. In order to do that, the scene in which those who acted contrary to the Party’s ideology had to be modified and edited according to the time, and a new technical department was created for this purpose,” he said.

In the meantime, the Party’s propaganda department has formed a temporary organization whenever there has been a large or small political event in the past, and has been modifying and editing films in a ‘campania’ style. For example, immediately after Jang Song-thaek’s execution in 2014, a temporary organization ‘1212 Scientists and Engineers Assault Squadron’ was formed in conjunction with the Party’s Propaganda Department and the Cabinet Ministry of Culture to erase Jang Song-thaek and his aides from all records.

The popular actor Choi Woong-cheol, known as Jang Seong-taek’s nephew-in-law, was also later executed and was deleted from art films such as ‘A Twisted Destiny’ and ‘Responsible Secretary of the Daehongdangun’, and the scene in which his face appears is now replaced with another actor’s face and aired. have.

A source said, “The technicians and experts who brought in foreign computer technology and changed Choi Woong-cheol’s face to that of another young actor were also included in the newly created Technical Department. In order to carry out the task of the party congress, we will carry out extensive correction and editing work on films with errors within the next five-year planning period.”


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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