The AAAFF is proud to co-present THE PROPAGANDA GAME as part of this year’s Cine Las Americas International Film Festival! Álvaro Longoria’s documentary on North Korea (and foreign perceptions thereof) will screen at 2 P.M. on Sunday, May 8th at the Marchesa Hall and Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.


THE PROPAGANDA GAME may play as a video travelogue of a European filmmaker’s visit to North Korea, and it might be easily dismissed for the fact that director Alvaro Longoria never escapes the grasp of his government handlers. Two important threads emerge, however, as the film unfolds. Longoria frames both the North Korean government and its Western foes as propagandists, positioning himself in the yawning chasm between popular conceptions of the ‘hermit state’ and the DPRK party line. He also investigates the position of Alejandro Cao de Benos, a Spaniard who works as a translator and media liaison for the North Korean government. Cao De Benos, with the zealotry of a convert, defends the regime against media criticism as something of a latter-day Bob Astles. Longoria deftly threads a needle in THE PROPAGANDA GAME, taking advantage of the access he was allowed, mediated as it was, to form a complex and thoughtful look at the tension between representation and reality.

-Anand Modi

For more information, visit the CLAIFF website.