North Korean concentration camp survivor to talk at Amnesty Shoreditch film screening


Yodok - Credit: Archant

A woman who spent nine years in a brutal North Korean prison camp after gossiping about dictator Kim Jong-II will answer questions following the screening of a film about her experience.

Acclaimed documentary, Yodok Stories, includes harrowing interviews with prison guards and former inmates, and gives a remarkable glimpse into the horrific world of the secretive concentration camps where 200,000 men, women and children are still locked up today.

Systematic torture, starvation and murder are daily occurrences, and few survive.

Kim Young Soon suspects – although she was never told – that she was imprisoned because she spoke to other people about an affair her friend had with Kim Jong-Il, and the secret son they had together.

It is common practice that family members are also imprisoned along with the person perceived to have committed a crime under a system known as ‘guilt by association’, and her parents and her son, aged eight, all died in the camp.

Now 76, she was imprisoned in August 1970, aged 33 and was subjected to horrific conditions including starvation and forced labour.

She will take part in a question and answer session following the free film screening at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre in New Inn Yard on Tuesday October 8 at 7pm.