The North Korean regime maintains one of the world's largest forced labour systems. The government, short of cash due to international economic sanctions, exploits its own people as labourers to provide money for its needs. Workers are sent to companies in Russia, China other countries around the world — including member states of the European Union. Featuring undercover footage and powerful testimonials, Why Slavery? North Korea’s Secret Slaves reveals the scale and brutality of the operation.

With the promise of payment and honour, thousands of North Koreans are being sent abroad, only to find themselves under constant surveillance, working 12 hour days, in harsh conditions for wages that are transferred directly to the regime. Why Slavery? North Korea’s Secret Slaves exposes the inner workings of the system and how companies and governments, bound by law to protect their employees, are complicit in the trade of human beings. The documentary asks how this method of operation is legal, and what — if anything — is being done to stop it.

About Why Slavery?
Why Slavery? is a series of ground-breaking documentary films investigating why slavery remains so endemic in the 21st Century. The Passionate Eye will broadcast two films in the series, Maid in Hell and North Korea’s Secret Slaves.

 

Credits (Click to expand)

Directed & Written by

Carl Gierstofer

Sebastian Weis

Co-Directed by

Jonghun Yu

Tristan Chytroschek

Wonjung Bae

Ingun Lee

Hyejin Min

Producers

Tristan Chytroschek

Wonjung Bae

Script Consultant

Alan Hayling

Editor

Ramon Urselmann

Camera and Sound

Carl Gierstofer

Sebastian Weis

Franz Koch

Maciej Smich

Youndoo Chung

David Jo

Noh Jae-Yun

Jens Paschke

Original Music

Nils Kacirek

Graphic Design

KIM & HIM  

Field Producers and Research

Katarzyna Tuszynska

Kyuwook Oh

Andreas Rossbach

Maciej Smich

Mark Siegmund

Hanna Gieffers

Christian Vonscheidt

Sound Design

Roman Vehlken

Milan Meyer-Kaya

Grading

Andreas Piecha

Production Manager

Alexandra Obradovic

Legal Advice

Ralph Graef  

Translations

Jin-Man Jun

Jiyoung Youn

Forest Ian Etsler

Archive

BBC

KBS

UN

Maps

bing

Microsoft Corporation, Earthstar Geographics SIO

Produced by aobuero & Moonlight Films for The Why Foundation

In Co-production with  

ARTE

Susanne Mertens, Commissioning Editor, ZDF/ARTE

Martin Pieper, Head of Department, ZDF/ARTE

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor  

Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)

Ko Junghun, Commissioning Editor

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Sandra Kleinfeld, Senior Director, Documentary

Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)

Anders Bruus, Commissioning Editor

Vereniging De Evangelische Omroep (EO)

Margje De Koning, Chief Commissioning Editor

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

Yoko Imai, Senior Producer, International Co-production

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Carina Bordewich, Commissioning Editor

Sveriges Television AB (SVT)

Axel Arnö, Commissioning Editor

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)

& Radio Television Suisse (RTS)

Daniel Punter & Irene Challand, Commissioning Editor

In Association with

BHRT

Czech TV

ERR

YLE

LRT

RUV

Further support from

Creative Europe MEDIA

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

Korea Communications Agency

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

DANIDA

Project Support

Nordvision

The Why

Executive Producers

Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Nick Fraser

Producers

Charlotte Meyer

Christina Roed

Technical Producer

Anders Christensen, Kong Gulerod Film

Consulting Producers

Kim Christiansen, DR

Kate Kennedy, Anti-Slavery Executive

Neil Tabatznik

Arte

BBC

CBC

KBS

DR

EO

NHK

NRK

SVT

SRF

RTS

ZDF

Filmförderung Hamburg

Creative Europe MEDIA

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