Event Details

WHAT: Film screening of " Comrade Kim goes Flying", an award-winning romantic comedy set in North Korea, introduced by director Nicholas Bonner.

WHEN: January 8, 2022, Saturday 4:00-5:45 PM Beijing Standard Time. Doors open at 3:30. The introduction/screening starts at 4:00 and will end at 5:30. Then the director will answer attendees' questions for 15 minutes.

WHERE: BB Art Cafe & Gallery, The New Mall, M01-03, at Xidan Cultural Square, no. 180 Xidan North Street, Xicheng District, Beijing. The address in Chinese:北京市西城区西单北大街180号 西单更新场M01-02 芭莎艺术下午茶 (更新场店)


Telephone contact: Sun Xingang 135 8154 7743

By subway: get off at Xidan station and take exit B North to The New Mall.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Comrade Kim Yong Mi is a North Korean coal miner. Her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. "Comrade Kim goes Flying" is North Korea's first "girl power" movie and the story of a girl reaching for her own dream and carving out her own future. The film is in Korean with English sub-titles and is one hour, 21 minutes in length. "Comrade Kim goes Flying" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2012) and at the Busan International Film Festival; it became the first ever North Korean film to be shown to a public audience.

See https://comradekimgoesflying.com/synopsis.php

MORE ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Nicholas Bonner, a UK citizen, first visited North Korea (DPRK) in 1993 and set up Koryo Tours & Studio, specialising in tourism and cultural projects in North Korea. He has been involved in several art and film projects , including the BBC documentary films "The Game of Their Lives", "A State of Mind", and "Crossing the Line". In 2018 Bonner was associate producer of the travel documentary "Michael Palin in North Korea".

HOW MUCH: RMB 200 for members , RMB 300 for non-members. This price includes two drinks plus snacks from Susu. Numbers are limited; RASBJ members, plus one guest, have priority until January 5th . If you know someone who wishes to join RASBJ to attend this event, please ask them to join as a member as soon as possible at https://app.glueup.cn/org/rasbeijing/memberships/

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Please click "Register" or "I Will Attend" and follow the instructions to submit your registration request. Once you have done this, you will receive an email notification that your request is awaiting approval. When your request is approved, you will receive a second email confirming your registration and advising you to proceed with payment. If you do not receive the second email, you are on the waiting list. To make sure that you see all RASBJ emails, please check your spam folder.


  • Nicholas Bonner (Founder and Director of Koryo Tours)

    Nicholas Bonner

    Founder and Director of Koryo Tours


    UK citizen Nicholas Bonner first visited North Korea (DPRK) in 1993 and set up Koryo Tours & Studio, specialising in tourism and cultural projects in North Korea. He was on the production team for the BBC documentary films "The Game of Their Lives", "A State of Mind" and "Crossing the Line". In 2018 Bonner associate produced the travel documentary "Michael Palin in North Korea".
    Amongst various art projects Bonner co-curated the DPRK inclusion for the APT 2010 (Brisbane Modern Art Gallery), and co-curated the North Korea content for the Korea pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Golden Lion winner). His books "Made in North Korea" on graphics and "Printed in North Korea" on the art of the linocut were published by Phaidon.
    Bonner works with a number of emerging artists in North Korea by providing them with a space and platform to experiment outside of their everyday restrictions. For more information please visit: https://koryostudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3-3-low-res.pdf

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BB Art Cafe & Gallery

The New Mall, M01-02
(at Xidan Cultural Square)
No. 180 Xidan North Street
Xicheng district, Beijing


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