I WAS LEAD TO BELIEVE that travel in and out of North Korea was not possible. But according to filmmaker JT Singh, “North Korea does not release official data on the number of Western tourists it receives, but estimates range from 4,000 to 6,000 per year” (even more travelers visit from Mainland China). This combination of time-lapse photography, flow-mo, and digital animation filmmaking, presents a side of North Korea most think doesn’t exist — a beautiful cityscape, with citizens leading normal lives, despite whatever political tension worldwide media depicts.

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