'A State of Mind' is an observational documentary film following two North Korean schoolgirls and their families in the lead up to the Mass Games (Arirang) - the biggest and most elaborate human performance on earth. The film was broadcast on BBC4 and ARTE in June 2004.
Mass Games can basically be described as a synchronized socialist-realist spectacular, featuring over 100,000 participants in a 90 minute display of gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, and dramatic performance, accompanied by music and other effects, all wrapped in a highly politicized package. Literally no other place on Earth has anything comparable and it has to be seen with your own two eyes to truly appreciate the scale on display. More information on Mass Games (Arirang) can be found at:
VeryMuchSo Production and Koryo Tours in conjuction with Passion Pictures, BBC4 and ARTE . Dan Gordon (Director/Producer) Nicholas Bonner (Associate Producer).
"You have to understand, no one has ever been allowed to see, let alone film, what you are witnessing"
-North Korean advisor to film crew
"The footage of the games is magnificent but it is the insight into Korean lives that is breathtaking. A beautiful film"
"Coolly observed and well filmed, it builds into a thought provoking picture of that bizarre nation, and culminates in an extraordinary finale...deserves to win awards"
-The Radio Times