In one of the most ironic twists to movie-making tradition, a best-selling book based on hidden videotapes finally led to the demand to see those tapes, and they form the basis of this documentary. It may be the first time a movie was based on itself. Journalist Gunter Wallraff disguised himself as a Turkish laborer and went to an agency to get a job. The work he obtains at the Thyssen Steel Mills in Duisberg was dangerous in several respects, and his housing was in a run-down slum of an industrial complex that had been condemned. When Wallraff shows up at the jobs agency in Cologne and in all work- and housing-related segments, cameraman Jorg Gfrorer was right behind him. Somehow, the men managed to coordinate their activities so that a lot of very incriminating videotapes were shot. One interesting segment is when Wallraff turns the tables on the unethical, exploitative employment-agency boss. Maybe the quality of the visual and vocal sides of this documentary is below par, but the quality of the exposé is indisputable.
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