Some weeks ago, when the movie “Interview” released in the market, it was a big debate over it that whether this is a good idea to create such a movie, or not. The story of the movie is about North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, who is 31 years old and superseded his father after his death. He holds the main power in the country. In the movie, CIA wants to assassinate him with this reason that there is no democracy in North Korea and power is in wrong hands. According to the CIA in the movie, North Korea, soon or late, would destroy America with its access to nuclear weapon.
Being alone at home on the days before New Year, I used to spend my time watching Fox News and CNN. It was an opportunity for me to watch all those arguments about the movie. Fox News was completely supporting the Interview with this justification that there should be a freedom of expression and people around the world should learn to respect it. CNN, however, was supporting a different side. For them, it was understandable that North Korean leader is angry. CNN was pointing out that in no way Terrorism could be supported.
At the end, the decision makers decided to continue keeping the movie in the market in spite of harsh criticism from North Korea. Some days ago, Interview came to Netflix! Big surprise! a technique to make as much American people as possible to watch the movie.
The big barrier in front of successful international relation between two societies is that each society assumes the other side have the same perspective, attitude, and basic culture. It is not true! The North Korean culture is very different from American culture. The leader is the red line for criticism and therefore being subject of a comedy. Those who make fun of their leader can be jailed or even face harsher penalty.
Is really North Korea a big threat to America that the assassination of its leader should be advertised in a movie? I cannot see any historical background that supports the case. North Korea is a poor country. They always have been busy being engaged in a cold or real war with South Korea, but the U.S. is far from them. They never have been a real harm for the U.S.
Even lack of democracy in this country cannot justify the advertisement of killing the North Korean leader. It is just simplification of a very complicated situation. How a society with a long history of dictatorship can be democratic only with death of its leader. The most possible scenario, however, would be creation of a long-time chaos in North Korean society. Is it possible that those veteran politicians with long-time experience and huge knowledge do not know this? Or this is something else beyond all of these that I cannot see it yet.
I think what is important, is to learn each movie has a message. Some movies are promoting peace, and some, intentionally or inadvertently, promoting hatred. What is the point of making an already hostile relation between two countries, worse? I am sure that North Korea leader would use the movie to make its people more hostile toward Americans. As a result, he would be more powerful among North Koreans as a leader who protects them from American threat. Nothing is more beneficial for non-democratic leaders more than an external enemy:
” Several democracy activists with contacts in the North said the North Koreans they spoke with reacted to the film first with fear of punishment for watching it but also with derision and wounded feelings over the depiction of their country.” (New York Times)