CAMP 14: TOTAL CONTROL ZONEby The Daily Eye Team December 11 2013, 4:46 pm Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 39 secs
Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-hyuk was raised in a world where all he knew was punishment, torture and abuse beyond imagination. After more than two decades of imprisonment, Shin escaped the camp in 2005 – but life on the outside proved to have its own challenges. A powerful story of survival and an evocative character study, showing the feelings of guilt, anger, remorse and complicity that are shared between both abused and abusers.
Festivals & Awards
DocPoint, Helsinki, Finland
DocAviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival, 2012
Best Film – Human Rights Festival, Geneva
Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Canberra, Australia, 2013
Best Film – Eurodok Oslo
Best Political Film – IFF Bukarest
Nestor Almendros Award – Human Rights Watch FF, New York
Golden Butterfly & Student’s Choice Award – Movies that Matter Festival, Amsterdam, 2013
“One of the things that shocked me in making this film was something just simple and small, yet “a metaphor for our modern times.” One day, I simply clicked on Google Earth, scrolled around North Korea, and immediately I found not only a city near the camp, but the camp itself.
I could see it! And I checked other camps. They are huge with 20,000 or 40,000 people in them. You can really see it, with an absolute regular personal computer. And I was sitting and thinking, How cynical is that? How perverted in a way?… Just imagine in the Second World War if you could see, live, the concentration camps? That’s the reality today.”
Marc Wiese is a German documentary Filmmaker who is best known for his documentary Camp 14: Total Control Zone about Shin Dong-hyuk who was born and raised in a North Korean prison. He received an award from the Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming in 2009 for his television documentary Kanun: The Law Of Honour.