DVD & Blu-ray review: Camp 14


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Shin Dong-huyk was born on 19 November 1983 – as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. Marc Wiese’s documentary tells his story: how he learnt to inform on anyone who did not follow the draconian rules; how he could not comprehend of a world outside the camp; how he ultimately shopped his mother and brother to the authorities, and ended up being tortured for his troubles; how he saw his mother and brother executed and felt nothing; and finally how he escaped, yet still wants to return to his “home”.

It is a difficult, devastating watch – yet one that demands viewing by anyone who cares about human rights.