Panem shows the world how propaganda is done

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The third cinematic chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay Part 1, won’t be out until Nov. 21, but Panem is giving us a taste now with a crop of propaganda posters.

The last time Katniss and Peeta competed on-screen in Catching Fire there was no happy ending. The Girl on Fire woke up to find herself being transported to the rumored District 13, while the Boy Who Really Knows How to Frost Cakes was taken by The Capitol. It’s clear that the rigid 12-district hierarchy of the Hunger Games is at its breaking point. So how does the crown jewel of Panem, The Capitol, respond?

With some choreographed spin, of course! Instead of focusing on the rabble-rousing characters portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, the first posters for Mockingjay are a stylized look at the unfamiliar faces of Panem. Each stunning shot, designed to be coming straight from The Capitol, salutes an unsung district hero and the special goods his or her home provides. Looks like the bigwigs of the Hunger Games are content to fight the rebellion with lies, but, as fans know, these sleek, well-designed bits of propaganda won’t hold up for long.

Take a look at the first disturbingly beautiful posters for Mockingjay Part 1 below, and get to know the other residents of Panem.

District 3 – Technology

“After shorting out, then quickly repairing District 3 s mainframe at the age of nine, Fibre Bissette, 32, has proven her fearlessness in the face of any challenge.”

District 4 – Fishing

The proud daughter of a deep-sea fisherman and a sixth-generation pearl diver, Naida Dolan, 22, channels her legacy as she proudly holds the day s catch.

District 6 – Transportation

Thought to have gasoline pumping through his veins, Malcolm Kastel, 31, is devoted to District 6 s mission of keeping Panem moving.

District 7 – Lumber

Elias Haan, 26, has kept the axe handed down to him by his great-grandfather as a reminder of the hardships he and his great District have overcome.

District 9 – Grain

After a day in the fields, Triti Lancaster, 17, graciously offers a bundle of wheat to her fellow citizens of Panem.

District 10 – Livestock

Raised amongst the herd, Felix Stam, 35, possesses a quiet understanding of the ways of animals and the circle of life that unites us all.

District 12 – Mining

Lily Elsington, 6, captures the spirit of the next generation of District citizens: ready, willing, and eager to fuel the Panem of tomorrow.

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