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A State of Mind (2004)

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A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.

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Hyon Sun Pak ...
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Kim Jong-il ...
Himself - Supreme Leader, North Korea (archive footage) (as Jong-il Kim)
Jong Ho Kim ...
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A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.

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$5,515 (USA) (12 August 2005)

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$41,468 (USA) (11 November 2005)
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Forget about communist brainwashing..........
28 November 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Wow, I was channel surfing when I hit this this documentary and can I say that I wish I had watched the beginning of this wonderfully directed and choreographed documentary. It was a real shame that I only got to watch the second half of this film and I cannot stop kicking myself for missing so much.

I had always heard and seen some footages of what they refer to as the "lavish Mass Games" in North Korea but never really quite understood what the purpose of the whole event was. It was this documentary that opened my eyes to the world and life that the North Koreans close off to the rest of the world.

I'll admit there was quite a lot of North Korean propaganda involved in the content of this film such as the comments they make about the "Great General", but most most importantly I got to see what life must be like for ordinary North Koreans due to restrictions with what foreign broadcasters could show the outside world.

Of course this film doesn't show to the full extent of what other North Koreans have to live through, but the story of two North Korean girls was a very touching story of their determination and will to contribute to their nations greatness and power.

If I could get another chance to see this film I will watch it in a flash.


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