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A State of Mind (2005)



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Two young gymnasts prepare for the Mass Games, one of North Korea's most important and elaborate events. Marked by its unprecedented access, this eye-opening film not only provides footage of the games themselves but it also shows the daily lives of people in one of the world's most closed societies.

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Critic Reviews for A State of Mind

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12)

This fascinating documentary details day-to-day life in the hard-line Communist state of North Korea.

September 30, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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A riveting BBC documentary that illuminates the character of that nation.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Seattle Times
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It's a quietly wrenching eye-opener.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Boston Globe
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A fresh, straightforward portrayal of what the film calls 'the least visible ... least known ... least understood ... country in the world.'

Full Review… | September 1, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Gordon gives an intimate, balanced account of how political power, famine, power shortages and a hatred of America have shaped their young lives.

Full Review… | September 1, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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The biggest value of the movie is the depiction of Pyongyang life, the elaborate Mass Games choreography, a wondrous road trip to the revered Mount Paektu, and the ideological mind-set of typical North Korean citizens.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for A State of Mind


"A state of mind" is a great documentary that gives a very rare peek into the daily lives of two families in central Pyongyang, during the days leading up to the 2003 Mass Games. The information here may be outdated (since it showed the quotidian during Kim Jong Il's regime instead of today''s Kim Jong Un), but still, it is very rare that we can get to see an insightful documentary under such an oppressive government again.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

There is a lot to learn about North Korea (so long as you believe everything shown in a documentary is 100% true) and this is a fascinating and interesting way to do so.

Skyler Bartels
Skyler Bartels

Fascinating. And frightening. Definitely worth it just to get a rare glimpse into the most elusive of countries. Also, Mass Games are super-impressive.

James Jackson
James Jackson

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