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With: Daniel Gordon (narrator), Kim Song Yun, Pak Hyon Sun
Written by: Daniel Gordon
Directed by: Daniel Gordon
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Korean, English with English subtitles
Running Time: 94
Date: 01/01/2004

A State of Mind (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Hate Games

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The new documentary A State of Mind follows two North Korean schoolgirls who practice gymnastics for hours each day in preparation for the enormous spectacle called "Mass Games," and a chance to perform in front of Kim Jong-Il. Though the movie's interviewees are open about their blind hatred of Americans, the film is carefully constructed so that Western viewers can get a look at North Korea's individual faces rather than one big, evil empire. Reading between the lines is recommended -- and essential -- during viewing.

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