Dollar Heroes

A Film by
Sebastian Weis, Carl Gierstorfer, Jonghun Yu, Tristan Chytroschek und Wonjung Bae

Currency for the dictator

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-organised human trafficking helps to finance Kim Jong-un’s nuclear program.


ARTE – 52 min.



Best Documentary, 59. Festival De Television De Monte-Carlo


Susanne Mertens (ZDF/ARTE)

A Co-Production by

a&o buero filmproduktion and Moonlight Films, South Korea

Ramon Urselmann
Camera and Camera Assistent

Carl Gierstorfer, Sebastian Weis, Maciej Smich, Youndoo Chung, David Jo, Noh Jae-Yun, Jens Paschke
Music by

Nils Kacirek


Katarzyna Tuszynska, Kyuwook Oh, Andreas Rossbach, Maciej Smich, Mark Siegmund, Hanna Gieffers, Christian Vonscheidt
Sound and Sounddesign

Roman Vehlken, Milan Meyer-Kaya
Color correction

Andreas Piecha

Jin-Man Jun, Jiyoung Youn, Forest Ian Etsler
Legal Advisor

Ralph Graef

Alexandra Obradovic
In Coproduction with

ARTE, The Why Foundation, KBS, BBC, CBC, DR, EO, NHK, NRK, SVT
With Participation of

Against Gravity, BHRT, Czech TV, ERR, LRT, RUV, SRF, TV3, UR, YES/DBS, YLE
With Support of

MEDIA, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, KCA, The Open University, EBU, DANIDA