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Will 12 Years a Slave help the fight against slavery?

4 March 2014 9:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Portraying and documenting slavery on film is wrought with logistical and ethical challenges. Now back in the spotlight, can film improve campaign impact?

Guddi was trafficked into Mumbai's sex industry aged 11. The first man she was forced to go with brutalised her so severely that she was hospitalised for three months. A dozen years on, she's still being forced to work the streets.

Her story is now the subject of a moving documentary. Shot by British journalist Hazel Thompson, the film Taken offers a rare glimpse into the dangerous, day-to-day life of a sex worker.

With Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for best film on Sunday, the subject is in the spotlight in Hollywood and anti-slavery groups are increasingly using film to raise awareness.

The UK-based Jubilee Campaign has worked with Thompson to launch her film in an e-book format, with links to e-petitions, fund raising »

- Oliver Balch

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