Camp 14—Total Control Zone at West End Cinema Wednesday, Feb. 26

Marc Wiese’s documentary Camp 14: Total Control Zone tells the story of Shin Dong-Huyk, a man born to political prisoners in a North Korean prison camp. Shin spent the first two decades of his life at Camp 14, a labor camp with 40,000 lifetime prisoners, before escaping to South Korea. You’d think the claims of a North Korean refugee would be tough to verify, given the country’s strict control over public information, but that’s not exactly the case here. For Camp 14, Wiese rustled up two former North Korean officials who smile and smoke while describing the execution and torture of thousands. Enhanced by animation and shocking video, Camp 14 may lack sweeping cinematography, but this is a raw, intense story best told without finesse. The film shows at 7 p.m. at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. $8–$11. (202) 419-3456. westendcinema.com.

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