Chaebols and Chabolas – The battle for work

A film by ecodocs ag and Docmine

Chaebols and Chablis / Documentary / 94′ / 2015
Production: Ecodocs / Docmine
Producers: David Syz, Patrick M. Müller, Christian Neu
Director: Christian Neu
CinematographerPhilippe Cordey
Editor: Felix Balke


For most people, work is the foundation of existence. While in wealthier countries, it’s all about climbing the social ladder and personal fulfillment, there are people in poor countries who are fighting for survival.

David Syz shows the unexpected aspects of unemployment. He visits illegal immigrants in Spain, who are trapped in their shacks made out of garbage (Chabolas) because desperate Spaniards are taking away their jobs in greenhouses. In South Korea, he dips into a society that is driven by achievement. Socially, you’re stamped off as a failure if you don’t find a job in one of the big corporations (Chaebols). Which price does society pay for its wealth?