The Amazon Scandal: Exposing the World's Largest Online Retailer

Often films are billed as a sensation - this one really is. It sparked what's called a shitstorm in Germany and around the world, exposing the way the world's biggest online retailer exploits and mistreats its workers. Hard-hitting investigative reporting yields the must-see doc of the year, which will be talked about in years to come as a watershed of corporate responsibility in the dot-com economy.  

The doc made banner headlines world-wide:
"Amazon 'used neo-Nazi guards to keep immigrant workforce under control' in Germany." (The Independent, February 14, 2013)

"According to the film, security guards employed by the subcontractor scared and intimidated hundreds of temporary workers from Hungary, Poland, Spain and other European countries." (The New York Times, February 15, 2013)

The doc forced the online giant to respond:
"Germany is demanding explanations from the online retail giant Amazon after a TV documentary showed seasonal workers being harassed by security guards." (BBC NEWS, February 16, 2013)


Amazon is a household word around the globe, becoming the world's leading online retailer after a meteoric rise. The mail-order juggernaut delivers virtually any product straight to your door, often over night - even on Christmas Eve. But how exactly does this miracle come about? Who are the little elves packing the millions of big and little brown boxes that arrive at our doorstep as if by magic? Prepare to be shaken, for this no-punches-pulled expose takes a hidden-camera look at the ugly truth behind the factory doors.   Every year at Christmas season, Amazon Germany hires thousands of migrant workers from poorer European countries, for whom an invitation to work in Germany is like winning the lottery in these days of economic turmoil. But they're in for a rude awakening. They are hired not by Amazon, which would entitle them to generous German benefits, but by temp firms that often pay much less that initially promised. The workers are bussed to and from work, often having to wait for hours for their bus, and housed in barracks on a deserted campground , sharing tiny rooms with a roommate. A private security firm runs the camp like a prison, employing jackbooted thugs with neo-Nazi tatatoos, continually intruding on the worker's privacy. Anyone who dares to speak up is fired on the spot. This shocking eye-opener of a doc looks behind the shiny façade of Amazon and finds a monster. Be warned: You might just find yourself driving to your local bookstore again.

The doc made banner headlines world-wide:


"Amazon 'used neo-Nazi guards to keep immigrant workforce under control' in Germany." (The Independent, February 14, 2013)

"According to the film, security guards employed by the subcontractor scared and intimidated hundreds of temporary workers from Hungary, Poland, Spain and other European countries." (The New York Times, February 15, 2013)

"The film, broadcast on Germany's ARD television channel, investigated the treatment of workers brought in as temporary staff at the company's centres in Bad Hersfeld, Konstanz and Augsburg and unveiled a culture of threats and bullying." (The Mail online, February 15, 2013)

The doc forced the online giant to respond:


"Germany is demanding explanations from the online retail giant Amazon after a TV documentary showed seasonal workers being harassed by security guards." (BBC NEWS, February 16, 2013)

"Amazon dismisses German warehouse security firm."
(BBC NEWS, February 18, 2013)