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70

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  • Summary: Shin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. He was a child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He spent his entire childhood and youth in Camp 14, a death camp. He was forced to labor since he was sixShin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. He was a child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He spent his entire childhood and youth in Camp 14, a death camp. He was forced to labor since he was six years old and suffered from hunger, beatings and torture, always at the mercy of the wardens. He knew nothing about the world outside the barbed-wire fences. At the age of 23, with the help of an older prisoner, he managed to escape. For months he traveled through North Korea and China and finally to South Korea, where he encountered a world completely strange to him. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Walsh
    Jan 24, 2015
    80
    It makes for truly sobering viewing that cuts to the quick, exposing the atrocities the country's government so willingly commits.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    There are some subjects so horrific, so far beyond our understanding, that the mind goes numb. Such is the case with Marc Wiese’s chilling docu Camp 14: Total Control Zone.
  3. Reviewed by: David Gritten
    Oct 4, 2013
    80
    Wiese’s film is an efficient piece of work, competent as a film but blistering as an example of human rights advocacy.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    It’s a remarkable story, but it’s undermined by some odd directorial choices.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Jan 24, 2015
    60
    A challenging watch, steeped in numbing horror.