The Empire of Shame

  • 9 10
  • 2013
  • 91min
The Empire of Shame
  • Original Title: Tam-yog-eui je-gug (2014)

The film reveals a little known side of Samsung, known for its mobile phones and other electronics, a company that in South Korea has been accused several times of causing illness and even the death of several workers due to highly contaminating working conditions.

The Empire of Shame

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Seoul International Women’s Film Festival/ SWFF/Incheon Women's Film Festival/ Jeju Film Festival/ Jeju Women’s Film Festival/ Gangneung HumanRights Film Festival/ Seoul Independent Film Festival/ Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival/ Incheon Human Rights Film Festival/ Vision Du Reel International Film Festival/ Seoul Independent Documentary Film&Video Festival/ Seoul Human Rights Film Festival/ Independent Film & Video Makers’ Forum/ San Francisco Labor Fest/ Taiwan International Documentary Festival/ International Competition ‘Grand Prize’/ Montreal International Documentary Festival/ Hanoi International Film Festival Panoram/ International Environmental Film Festival/ Festival Filmer le Travail/ Visions du Réel

The Empire of Shame. The shadow of a large electronics enterprise

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. 

Li Gyeong Hong
Li Gyeong Hong Director

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PURN Production

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