This is the story of Shin Dong-Huyk, who was born as a political prisoner in a North-Korean re-education camp. From the age of six, he was subjected to forced labor, hunger, beatings
and torture. He thought everybody lived that way. With the help of an older prisoner, he
succeeded in escaping at the age of 23 and discovered the outside world for the first time. The film relates his incredible story, as well as those of his fellow inmates and prison guards.

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Marc Wiese


  • Human Rights Festival Geneva 2013, Switzerland
  • War on Screen Festival 2013, France
  • Grimme TV Award 2015, Germany
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York 2013, USA
  • Movies that Matters Festival Amsterdam 2013, The Netherlands
  • And more...



Marc Wiese is a Dortmund-born German documentary filmmaker, best known for Camp 14: Total Control Zone, about Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person known to have ever successfully escaped from a North Korean prison labor camp (where he was born), and to breach the borders of North Korea itself to China, arriving eventually in South Korea.Wiese received an award from the Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming in 2009 for his television documentary, Kanun: The Law Of Honour.