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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Oversees Military Parade With Horses, Dogs And Tractors Saul Loeb/Getty Images

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un stars in his newest propaganda video released just in time to usher in the Lunar New Year. The 110-minute video documentary features the dictator showing off his horse-riding skills as he gallops on a white horse in various cinematic takes. The video comes with a deluge of propaganda material in adulation over the North Korean tyrant.

According to Global News, the new documentary film is titled “The Great Year of Victory, 2021." The video has been included in the state’s news agency's YouTube channel together with a slew of other propaganda videos. Observers from the Center for North Korea Studies at Sejong Institute say these documentaries are meant as a tactic to highlight the leader’s majestic vigor in an effort to allay speculations on his state of health.

In an attempt to humanize the tyrant leader, the documentary intercuts into coded references to the nation’s struggles in 2021. These include footage of Kim gingerly descending a flight of stairs while the narrator tells of how the leader’s body had “withered away” as a result of his desire to bring progress to his country. The propaganda aims to highlight Kim as a working supreme leader eager to right the country’s battered economy devastated by trade blockades due to the pandemic and international sanctions.

"They are trying to paint him as a leader who very much loves his people and, as a result, is often overworked and gets tired," Professor Yang Moo-jin from the University of North Korean Studies said.

As the country prepares to celebrate the 80th birth anniversary of the late Kim Jong Il in February, preparations will also carry over through the 110th birthday of founder Kim Il Sung in April

The white horse propaganda has been a reputed symbol for the leader’s family and has been previously used in other videos during the family’s seven-decade-long rule over the country. The white horse was also used by Kim Il Sung, who according to the North’s official chronology, stated that the late leader rode a white horse while courageously fighting Japanese colonial rulers.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a welcoming dinner on Sept. 18, 2018 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Getty Images/Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool

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