Abused by her fathers cousin (Mustapha), Elshera (Iranian/Kurd), an illegal immigrant (in the UK) is forced into a life of crime (Identity and Welfare fraud). As an illegal immigrant and ... See full summary »

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Elshera
Kaleem Janjua ...
Postmaster
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Mustapha's Prostitute 1
Lara Marsden ...
Mustapha's Girl
Ajaz Aslam ...
Postman
Yasmine Maya ...
Gangsters's Moll
Sukie Ghajminger ...
Gangster Boss
Ajaz Aslam ...
Postman
Billy J. Jackson ...
Spitting Man (as Billy Jackson)
Carol Battersby ...
Neighbour 1
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Money Man
Rianne Ward ...
Singing Woman
Paramjit Oberoi ...
Sangeeta
Jinan Kaur ...
Mustapha's Prostitute 2
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Abused by her fathers cousin (Mustapha), Elshera (Iranian/Kurd), an illegal immigrant (in the UK) is forced into a life of crime (Identity and Welfare fraud). As an illegal immigrant and owing for her, and her three daughters' passage, Elshera is bound to Mustapha and his scams. When a Giro (social security cheque) goes missing, Mustapha pushes Elshera too far, when he takes her baby. A tale of oppression and redemption; it takes the help of another woman, from a different culture and background, to help bring hope into Elshera's life. Written by damian wood

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Against the backdrop of welfare scams, exploitation & abuse; 2 women immigrants, from different cultures, help each other to find redemption.

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1 September 2004 (USA)  »

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£480,000 (estimated)
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Astoundingly Intense !
14 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Against the backdrop of welfare scams, exploitation and abuse, two women immigrants from different cultures help each other to find redemption. Shot on location in the North of England and Turkey - this powerful film tells the tragic story of Elshera (Melisa Collier) and her struggle to get away from her evil brother in law Mustafa (Mem Ferda). A womaniser forcing desperate women into a life of prostitution. Mem Ferda's portrayal of this monstrous character is hard and gritty and all too real. A monumental achievement from director Damian Wood. The film was nominated and chosen as best Uk feature at the Palm Springs Film Festival 2004.

Watch it with the light on !


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