21 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS including
Vision Du Reel International Film Festival/ Seoul International Women’s Film Festival/ SWFF/ Seoul Independent Film Festival/ Montreal International Documentary Festival/ Hanoi International Film Festival Panorama
THE EMPIRE OF SHAME
We can only see the eyes of these men and women dressed in special white suits. They are the gazes of hundreds of workers in a large Samsung semiconductor plant in South Korea.
According to several testimonies given in this crude and ingenious documentary with dyes of social commentary set in a dystopian world, the suit that at first was the subject of jokes would later, with the passage of time, become one more element of a devastating outcome.
While Samsung has been shaping its image as a top-class enterprise through media, there are young labourers who had perished while handling hundreds of toxic chemicals in a sealed factory. This film is a record about vanishing lives of the labourers and their dreams.
Directed by: HONG LI-GYEONG
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2014
DURATION: 92 minutes
COUNTRY: South Korea