Release date2008 (2008) WriterAndrzej Fidyk, Torstein Grude CastJung Sung San, Soon-young Kim, Kim Hyok, Lee Young Kuk, An Myong Chol, Ki Tae Jin, Kim Joung Soon, Lee Min Bok Music directorBartlomiej Wozniak, Kyung Chan Cha Similar moviesSeoul Train (2004), Crossing the Line (2006), The Defector: Escape from North Korea (2012), Dear Pyongyang (2005), Camp 14 - Total Control Zone (2012)
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Yodok Stories is a documentary film directed by Polish documentary screenwriter and director Andrzej Fidyk and produced by Torstein Grude. Today, more than 200,000 men, women and children face torture, starvation and murder in North Korea's concentration camps. Few survive the atrocities, yet the camps population is kept stable by a steady influx of new persons considered to be 'class enemies'.
A small group of people have managed to flee the camps and start a new life in the prosperous South Korea. The film follows some of these refugees who despite fear of persecution and death threats produce an extraordinary musical about their experiences in the Yodok concentration camp.
Yodok Stories won the Planet Doc Review, Youth Jury Award in Poland, The "In the spirit of freedom" award at Jerusalem Film Festival and the Bergen International Film Festival, Youth Jury's Documentary Award in 2008. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, including the Tribeca Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2009.