The few dozen tourists and a few journalists who come to the North Korean capital of Pyongyong are accompanied by guides and allowed to see only what the regime allows. Actors often represent pedestrians, and the consumer goods seen in stores are t available to the public. The Ministry of Truth offers a view of Korea as a giant installation, scripted and executed by Kim Jong Il to further cloud the truth about one of the world's most oppressive nations.
Christian Kracht is said to be one of the best-known writers and journalists of his generation. He has written nine books and many magazine articles translated into a dozen languages. He is also the editor of the German magazine, Der Freund, and the son of the owner of Springer-Verlag, the huge German publishing concern. Filmmaker, photographer, writer, Eva Munz traveled to North Korea with co-authors Christian Kracht and Lukas Nikol. Lukas Nikol is a noted German photographer who photographed the ghostly and intensely choreographed surroundings of North Korea.