Reviews

Jun 28, 2007
A North Korean version of films like "Hoop Dreams". Humanizes a people who are considered outside of humanity in the West.
May 18, 2006
Thrusts you into the near-hypnotic mentality of a 1984-ish place. But once you return to [your] society . . . [look again at] those darkly concealing words, "freedom" and "democracy."
Jan 14, 2006
State of Mind is an eye-opener.
Sep 30, 2005
This fascinating documentary details day-to-day life in the hard-line Communist state of North Korea.
Sep 23, 2005
A riveting BBC documentary that illuminates the character of that nation.
Sep 22, 2005
The film gives a rare glimpse into everyday life in the Far East-wing of the Axis of Evil.
Sep 16, 2005
It's so secretive, so insulated, that it's hard to imagine what life there is really like. That's what makes A State of Mind ... essential viewing.
Sep 8, 2005
The documentary about life in North Korea sets the story of two girls against the backdrop of a huge tribute to leader Kim Jong Il, and it's the backdrop that is more compelling.
Sep 2, 2005
Reading between the lines is recommended - and essential - during viewing.
Sep 2, 2005
It's a quietly wrenching eye-opener.
Sep 2, 2005
Its mission is to foster understanding of a place and a people behind some politicians' 'axis of evil.' And it succeeds admirably.
Sep 1, 2005
A fresh, straightforward portrayal of what the film calls 'the least visible ... least known ... least understood ... country in the world.'
Sep 1, 2005
Gordon gives an intimate, balanced account of how political power, famine, power shortages and a hatred of America have shaped their young lives.
Aug 28, 2005
The film is also admirably intimate, giving a human face to those living in a totalitarian society; their fears, joys, inspirations, and hopes.
Aug 26, 2005
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.
Aug 12, 2005
English filmmaker Daniel Gordon grants us a rare glimpse of daily life inside the most secretive nations on earth, and it's just as weird as you thought.
Aug 12, 2005
Not even the widest political chasms, Gordon finds, can eradicate the universal pleasure of a young girl's giggle.
Aug 10, 2005
Admirably non-judgmental docu about life in 'the least visited, known, understood country in the world,' per Brit director Daniel Gordon, brings a refreshing balance to the usual blind vilification of the country.
Aug 10, 2005
A portrait of the power of power.
Aug 10, 2005
A State of Mind offers a rare and often chilling glimpse into the culture of North Korea.