The multimillion-dollar cinema has been showing only one film, “Turkmenistan the Heavenly Land,” since it opened in central Ashgabat about six months ago.
"Perhaps people got tired of the film," said a cinema employee who didn’t want to give his name. "Most of our customers are not interested in the film, they just come to see the movie house itself."
He said the theater needed at least five customers to show the movie, but most of the time the number of visitors didn’t reach five and the showing was canceled.
Looks like they don’t like the gimmick of 3D any more in former Soviet states than they do in the US.
14:16 // 1 year ago
And for the “unlucky” North Koreans: This is an interview with Dong Hyuk Shin, a 26-year-old North Korean who was born in—and escaped—one of the country’s concentration camps. In North Korea, if you’re accused of political dissent (which includes, for example, sitting on a picture of Kim Jong-Il), you and three generations of your family are thrown into a gulag. So if, like Shin, your mother is accused of opposing the regime, and she gets pregnant in the camp, you’ll be born there, and that’s where you’ll stay for your entire existence. Unless, like Shin, you manage to escape. This is a long video (Shin himself starts at about 21:00), but we guarantee your eyes will not be dry by the end. Oh, and here’s a New York Times article with more information on the DPRK’s prison camps, if you care to read more.
14:49 // 1 year ago