In North Korea, over 300.000 men, women and children languish in Nazi-style concentration camps, routinely subjected to torture, rape, beatings and starvation. Most, even young children, will never leave. One of the largest camps is Yodok. Against all odds, a handful of prisoners have escaped to freedom in prosperous South Korea, including accomplished theater director Jung Sung San. To bring their stories to light, Jung writes and produces a controversial Broadway-inspired musical based on life in the camps. A box office success, this tour de force proves heroic as the defectors confront their nightmarish past and present-day death threats. At once inspiring and darkly disturbing, Yodok Stories reveal the enduring potential for beauty and art to rise from the depths of human suffering.
Just after the first shots were fired in the Russia-Georgia War in August 2008, the Russian documentary-makers Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov went to the very heart of the conflict at the border with South Ossetia. Each of the directors comes from a different side of the fence: Nekrasov from Georgia, Konskaya from Russia. The two filmmakers question eye-witnesses to the events of August 2008 and try to put together a picture of the conflict. The testimony of those who witnessed the war is supplemented with references to the media's manipulation of facts. In this unconventional and very personal film the two directors try to present their own view of who bears responsibility for the war despite the difficulty of making such judgements.