June 03, 2020

About the author

Tatiana Gabroussenko

Tatiana Gabroussenko obtained her PhD in East Asian Studies at the Australian National University. She is currently a professor of North Korean studies at Korea University, Seoul. Her latest book Soldiers on the Cultural Front: Developments in the early history of North Korean literature and literary policy, was included in the Choice magazine list of Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012.

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How N. Korean filmmakers turned to melodrama to win the youth for Juche

As attitudes began to change in the 1980s, DPRK filmmakers reached into the colonial past

Tatiana Gabroussenko March 1, 2018

Pyongyang pin-ups: North Korea's film and TV beauties

In DPRK culture, big is beautiful and round faces are the must-have

Tatiana Gabroussenko February 7, 2018

Iron and rice: food culture in North Korean movies

Coverage of culinary affairs has often reflected changing economic realities in the DPRK

Tatiana Gabroussenko December 21, 2017

"By our own efforts": self-sufficiency in North Korean culture of the 90s

As trade with foreign powers dwindled, DPRK films encouraged citizens to skimp as much as they could

Tatiana Gabroussenko November 29, 2017

Films for the beloved ones: the Gwangju Uprising in North Korean cinema

Idealistic youth versus reactionary generals - it was a story too good for Pyongyang to ignore

Tatiana Gabroussenko November 9, 2017

Labor of love: the Cheollima movement in North Korean film

From the 1950s to the 1980s, DPRK cinema extolled the ideological benefits of hard work

Tatiana Gabroussenko September 22, 2017

"Nation and Destiny": the North Korean serial drama with the secret to unification

Dante's "Inferno," soy bean soup, and the road to redemption: this over 100-episode show has it all

Tatiana Gabroussenko August 16, 2017

"Friendship movies": Chinese characters in North Korean film

Despite fraternal relations, the Chinese are portrayed as rude, buffoonish, and uncivilized

Tatiana Gabroussenko July 12, 2017

"Common love for a big rocket": North Korean missile tests in film and TV

From an Olympic athlete to a bickering family, rocket launches are portrayed as a unifying good

"Trust the metal scrap to me": a thriller, North Korean style

The film, a cautionary tale about scrap metal, borders on the surreal

Tatiana Gabroussenko April 21, 2017