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The Mass Games, a two-month-long gymnastics festival stressing group dynamics as much as individual skill, holds a vital place in the hearts of North Koreans and is an annual tradition. This film focuses on young performers, typically chosen at an early age for a lifetime career as gymnasts. In this case, the main subjects are two girls who have eight months to train for the 2003 Mass Games. In addition to the gymnasts, the filmmakers interview the girls' families for their perspective.

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  • Jan 23, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"State of Mind" is a documentary filmed in 2003 by a BBC film crew that was allowed unprecedented access in North Korea to follow two teenage gymnasts, Park Hyon Sun and Kim Sung Yun, as they train for the Mass Games, "a social realist extravagansa" performed to celebrate various anniversaries in the nation. It turns out that people are pretty much the same wherever you go, just the circumstances and governments change. For example, North Korea's isolation allows it to control the information it hands out to the citizens. And the society is shaped around a very extreme cult of personality.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]But the documentarians try too hard to make a political statement, and that especially shows in the heavy-handed narration.(Narration should only be used to impart information, not to do a play-by-play.) They needed to let the viewers come to their own conclusions.(Whatever you think of the politics, you have to admit Communists know how to put on a show. Whereas, anarchists usually field the better softball teams...) [/font]
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