This project examines the depiction of the national identity of North Korea. The main material for the analysis is the Danish documentary “The Red Chapel” made by the Danish award-winning journalist, Mads Brügger. The documentary describes how Mads Brügger and two Danish-Korean comedians, Jacob Nossell and Simon Jul, travel to The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, disguised as a theatre-group, whose official purpose of the visit is a culture exchange between North Korea and Denmark. Although the real purpose of the visit is described by Brügger to unveil the evils of the totalitarian regime. Mads Brügger uses western humour and irony to achieve this goal. We have used theories on humour by Michael Billig, George Yule and Mette Møller to analyze and discuss humour, and its function, as an instrument in “The Red Chapel”. For the analysis on national identity, we have used theories by Eric Hobsbawm, Anette Warring and Bernard Eric Jensen to discuss the North Korean traditions and its remembrance community. Based on our analysis we have concluded, that the North Korean national identity is a community based on feelings and symbols, constructed by its government. We have argued that Brügger uses humour in a rebellious way in his documentary, but according to Billigs theory, it induces a more disciplinary outcome. The alternative humouristic approach to the serious theme leads to an ethical discussion about means to an end. Whether the abuse of the North Koreans trust is ethically responsible or not, is to the individual to decide.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||28 maj 2015|
- Mads Brügger
- Det Røde Kapel
- North Korea