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4 years ago

NORTH KOREA - Mind Blowing Mass Games

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A few weeks back I had the chance to visit Pyongyang and attend the Mass Games there.
This show is by far the most incredible and amazing performance I have ever laid my eyes on. Watch this 4 minute film and you will know why. Only a communist country can pull something like this off I guess. However, I do not want to get involved in politics here, so please do your own research.

Many thanks to Simon Cockerell and Jessica Mader from Koryo Tours ( https://koryogroup.com ) and Ri So Hyang, Kim Sun Mi, Lee Song Hyok, Kim Yong Un from KITC for arranging permissions and making this project possible. A film about Pyongyang will follow shortly.

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. Students practiced every day from January onwards. The 90 minute performance is held every evening at 7pm and features the 'largest picture in the world' a giant mosaic of individual students each holding a book whose pages links with their neighbours’ to make up one gigantic scene. When the students turn the pages the scene or individual elements of the scene change, up to 170 pages make up one book.
In August 2007, the Mass Games were recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest gymnastic display with 100,090 participants at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang. (Source Wikipedia)

A time-lapse tilt-shift film by Joerg Daiber.

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Shot with Lumix GH4 and GH5, 14-140mm and 7-14mm Lumix Lenses. Postproduction with Adobe Creative Production Suite.

Music: The Internationale by Pierre De Geyter, performed by Choir and orchestra of Bolshoi Theatre, conducted by G. Rozhdestvensky
and Swan Lake by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, performed by Apollo Symphony Orchestra.
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