Wednesday, July 27, 2016

'Under the Sun' Review

For Paste, I caught up with one of the more acclaimed documentaries of the year. It's Under the Sun, and it's got a great hook. Director Vitaly Mansky was approached by the North Korean government to make a film about a supposedly typical North Korean family, but only if Mansky would follow a script that his bosses had written for him. And so, Under the Sun becomes a story of how Mansky both does and doesn't play along, stripping away the lies that the government wants to peddle about its people. Simultaneously, he examines exactly what's "real" about a documentary. You can read my review here.