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A State of Mind

Following a strict routine, which involves several hours of daily workouts and gymnastic instruction, two young North Korean girls practice through exhaustion for the 2003 Mass Games, the largest choreographed spectacle on earth. A mixture of cinema verite and essay filmmaking, the documentary includes images of state-regulated schools, pubs, artistic performances and glimpses into the hardships of average North Koreans' lives in a manner almost never permitted by the Pyongyang government. The film also explores how the brutal 1950s U.S. bombings still stand as a lingering trauma in this nation of 22 million. Produced and directed by Daniel Gordon. 2006. 94 min.

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