Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)
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This is the powerful story of Shin Dong-hyuk who was born as a political prisoner in a death camp in North-Korea. From the age of six, he was subjected to forced labour, hunger, beatings and torture. He was always at the mercy of the wardens, and knew nothing of the world outside the barbed-wire fences. He thought everybody lived that way. With the help of an older prisoner, he succeeded in escaping at the age of 23 and encountered a world completely strange to him.
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The only person known to have escaped from a North Korean re-education camp reveals some 1984-level [stuff], except it's worse, because it's not fiction...
Those who've read Escape from Camp 14 will know all about Shin Dong-huyk. Everyone else will be left slack-jawed by his account of prison-camp life in North Korea.
It is this very understatement, and the weight given to Shin's words over any accompanying sound or image, that prevent Wiese's film ever seeming exploitative, even though it is addressing unimaginable human depravity and degradation.
Using interviews and atmospheric animated sequences, Weise uncovers a world where brutality is the norm and conditioning blurs the line between victim and perpetrator.
This harrowing and vital documentary examines life in a North Korean death camp.
Director Wiese, proceeding at a cautious pace, gleans one horrific fact of life in Camp 14 after another.
A harrowing, important and shocking documentary which tells the story of Shin Dong-Hyuk who was born into captivity in a North Korean death camp in 1983.
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