A State of Mind - About the film
About the film
"A State of Mind" offers the rare and fascinating glimpse of everyday life in North Korea. North Korea is one of the few nations where adherence to the hard-line Communist philosophy is very much the order of the day and their culture and belief systems is exposed about which not much is known outside of the country.
British filmmaker Daniel Gordon spent 8 months travelling in North Korea to document an unusual annual event, the gargantuan Mass Games.
The film follows two girls, Pak Hyon-sun, 13, and Kim Song-yon, 11, who are selected to perform in the Mass Games as part of a gymnastics program. It illustrates their nationalistic pride of their country and its leader Kim Jong Il. Only the most outstanding gymnasts are given the honour of performing before their Dear Leader, and these two girls set their sights on gaining this tribute.
As Hyon-sun says “I long to perform for the General”.
Hoping against hope that their performances please Kim Jong II, the film offers a perspective on the daily lives of these two girls and the lives of those around them in this nation mostly unknown and little understood in the West.