Release date:August 10, 2005
Starring:Pak Hyon Sun, Kim Song Yun
Following on from the 2002 RTS award winning documentary ‘The Game of Their Lives’, VeryMuchSo productions were granted permission from the North Korean film authorities to make a second documentary. An observational film following two young gymnasts and their families for over eight months in the lead up to the Mass Games- involving a cast of thousands in a choreographed socialist realism spectacular- the biggest and most elaborate human performance on earth. Entitled ‘A State of Mind’, the film provides a rare glimpse into what is one of the world’s least known societies. North Korea is sealed off from outside influences. It borders China and Russia to the north, and to the south there is a 4km wide impenetrable border with South Korea. The country follows its own communist ideals, a strict philosophy known as the Juche Idea wrapped around the worship of the Kim dynasty – Kim II Sung, their Eternal President who died in 1994 but remains Head of State, and his son and successor, Kim Jong II, known as the General.