A State of Mind (2005)
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This fascinating documentary details day-to-day life in the hard-line Communist state of North Korea.
A riveting BBC documentary that illuminates the character of that nation.
A fresh, straightforward portrayal of what the film calls 'the least visible ... least known ... least understood ... country in the world.'
Gordon gives an intimate, balanced account of how political power, famine, power shortages and a hatred of America have shaped their young lives.
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.
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 The information here may be outdated (since it showed the quotidian during Kim Jong Il's regime instead of today''s Kim Jong Un), but still, it is very rare that we can get to see an insightful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.
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.
Fascinating. And frightening. Definitely worth it just to get a rare glimpse into the most elusive of countries. Also, Mass Games are super-impressive.
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