A State of Mind

Synopsis: A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Daniel Gordon
Production: Kino International
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

My heart felt happy and I broke into a smile.

For these girls, the Mass Games are an

obsession that governs their life.

Their driving force is to be good enough to

be selected for the final performance, which

will be viewed by the General.

Hyon Sun has experienced Mass Games

in the presence of the General on

three occasions.

I have never been happier than the 3 times...

...I performed in the presence of the General.

When I appeared before the General

for the third and final time...

...I kept thinking, I really mustn't

make a mistake.

At first, Mass Games was exhausting...

...so I went out everyday and played instead,

Then I'd return home in the evening...

...and tell my mother that I'd been to gym.

I got found out by my mother and teacher.

So I got a good telling off.

After that I started going to gym practice.

Yes, my friends also wanted to come out

with us and try being filmed.

Hello. This is my grandfather.

This is my Grandmother.

This is my Mother.

Today is the day when our father

the General, was born.

So our family my mother, father and

grandfather has come out...

...to the Taedong River, where we're

enjoying ourselves.

Hyon Sun's father came with us too...

...but something came up

at work so he had to go...

...but he'll join us again soon.

In Korea the family

is the strongest unit

yet nothing transcends the passion

and devotion shown for the leaders.

To celebrate February 16th, the General's

birthday, everyone in North Korea is granted

a day's holiday.

The mood around Pyongyang is relaxed.

For Hyon Sun, this is a day of rest.

Today is the happiest of

all days and festival...

...because it's the day when our General...

...to whom the whole world looks up, was born.

So the citizens of Pyongyang... the youngsters,

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