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A mesmerizing new Vimeo video gives better insight than even the flamboyant former NBA player’s ramblings as it offers viewers a rare glimpse of everyday life inside Pyongyang, the hidden capital city of the communist dictatorship.
Enter Pyongyang was created by British photographer Rob Whitworth and city branding expert JT Singh, to blend time-lapse photography, acceleration, slow motion, HD and digital animation over four days of filming.
Rather than creating stereotype images of an oppressed society, the result is a beautiful flowing video showing stunning scenery and intimate shots of urban life.
Whitworth told the Huffington Post that their level of access to the city—during the trip that was organized by Beijing-based Koryo Tours, who also paid for all their travel expenses—had never been provided to a foreign film crew before.
It was not without restrictions, however, and the crew were not allowed to crop images of North Korea’s leaders or film construction and military sites. It's worth noting also that the film crew was only provided with a sugar coated, regime approved view of the country that, obviously, did not provide them with anywhere near the full story.
However, despite the filming restrictions, Whitworth said their visit to Pyongyang was "beguiling."
"It was so different from the ground up," he said. "For example, the lack of advertising really makes you aware of how completely saturated we are with it in the West.
The country's culture struck me as very reserved and polite. Despite an evident lack of resources, the people were very dignified."
Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic praised a recent speech from President Trump.
In the midst of a worldwide health crisis, Black Lives Matter protests, and a president who tear gassed citizens for a photo op, people's true colors are really showing.
Many Nirvana fans have been disappointed by the news that Krist Novoselic, the former bassist of the '90s garage-rock legends, has even a sliver of respect for Donald Trump—going so far as to praise the president's recent Law and Order speech. "Wow!!! I know many of you can't stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech," Novoselic wrote in a post on his personal Facebook page. While the musician denounced Trump's threat to use military force to thwart protestors, he said the president's tone was "strong and direct." Novoselic then went on to cite "leftist insurrection" as a root cause of polarizing politics in the United States, although videos and witness accounts of protests have repeatedly claimed that police are often the first to incite violence, thus causing the "riots."
If a brand can back positive social change through financially beneficial PR, that's still a positive.
Corporations have one interest and one interest only: profit.
No matter how much you love a nostalgic toy brand from your childhood or a fast food chain's Twitter account, it's worth remembering that their primary goal is always to get you to buy their product. Brands are not your friends, and it's naive to think that they ever "do the right thing" out of some higher sense of justice beyond their bottom line.
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