Vicky Mohieddeen of Koryo Tours said: “From convincing security at the Grand People’s Study House to enact a lock-in so we could capture the sun setting over Kim Il Sung Square, to negotiating with traffic police commanders to allow us to hyper-lapse through the streets of Pyongyang, during the making of this film we did many things previously thought impossible.”
North Korea has been more open to tourism recently, with tour groups regularly permitted to enter the country – although trips are always managed by officials and free roaming is forbidden. There have, however, been alarming cases of foreign nationals being detained there recently. Two U.S. citizens, Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle, have been held there since May, charged with crimes against the state. Kenneth Bae, another U.S. citizen, is serving a 15-year hard-labor sentence in the country, charged with planning to overthrow the government.