DOLLAR HEROES
(59 min) Germany/North Korea
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Directors: Carl Gierstorfer, Sebastian Weis, Jonghun Ryu
Producers: Wonjung Bae, Tristan Chytroschek

Description:
100,000 forced labourers worldwide are working to provide foreign currency for North Korea's regime even in the European Union. This investigative documentary exclusively shows the inhumane conditions under which North Korean labour brigades are forced to live and work, and it sheds an important light on how this state-organized human trafficking helps to finance Kim Jong-un's nuclear program.

Biography:
Carl Gierstrofer is a Berlin-based filmmaker. During the Ebola outbreak he spent two months in Liberia, following a story of guilt and forgiveness in times of Ebola. We Want You to Live has been shown in Germany, France, Scandinavia and the US and has won the Grimme Award. Just before, he spent two years on the trails of another virus: HIV. He crisscrossed central Africa, from the forest regions of Cameroon to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sebastian Weis is an award winning filmmaker, producer and DP working for VICE in Berlin. He studied literature, psychology and history of art and have completed a traineeship in journalism in Berlin. During the last seven years he has produced and directed all forms of factual programs covering stories globally.

Jonghun Ryu has been making investigative documentaries since 2004, specialising in North Korean issues. His film “Tears of Lost Souls: North Korean Refugees” won the award for best Investigative and Current Affairs Programme at the 2013 Banff World Media Festival in Canada. The documentary depicts the plight of North Korean defectors through the life of one who decided to start a new life – and failed. Jonghun also directed a three-hour series on the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, which won the Silver World Medal in the Current Affairs Category at the 2013 New York TV Festival. 

Wonjung Bae is a storyteller, filmmaker, and photographer interested in the issues of identity, modernity, and art. Born in Busan, South Korea, Bae made her first documentary, Grand, Father and Me, at age sixteen and came to believe in the power of visual storytelling. Bae has won numerous awards including the Student Academy Award Documentary Category Gold Medal and the Annual Directors Guild of America Student Film Award for Women Category.

Tristan Chytroschek has worked as a producer and director for the BBC and Channel Four in Great Britain and for Discovery/TLC in the United States. He has lived and worked in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Cordoba/Argentina, before he returned to his native Germany.

Contact Information:
e: robert@a-o-buero.de
w: http://www.a-o-buero.de/en/films/filme/datum/2018/02/06/dollar-heroes/


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· 62 DAYS
· BIAS
· A BOLD PEACE
· BURKINABÈ RISING
· DIRT RICH
· DON’T GIVE UP YOUR VOICE
· DOLLAR HEROES
· DRAWN TOGETHER: COMICS, DIVERSITY AND STEREOTYPES
· ENOUGH | THE EMPOWERED WOMEN OF KOROGOCHO
· EXIT
· FACING THE DRAGON
· THE FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR
· FREEDOM FIGHTERS
· FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY
· GENERATION ZAPPED
· THE GIRLS OF MERU
· GO DEBBIE
· THE GODDESSES OF FOOD
· HEALING JUSTICE
· IN OUR OWN HANDS
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· INCURABLE OPTIMIST
· I’VE SEEN SO MUCH
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· KINGSLEY
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· LESSON FROM A SCHOOL SHOOTING: NOTES FROM DUNBLANE
· LETTER FROM MASANJIA
· LIFE IS A BEACH
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