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Ghosts (2006)

A young Chinese girl is smuggled into the UK so she can support her son and family in China.

Director:

Nick Broomfield
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zhan Yu Zhan Yu ... Mr. Lin
Tao Li Tao Li ... Chinese Cockle-Picker
Ai Qin Lin Ai Qin Lin ... Ai Qin
Zhe Wei Zhe Wei ... Xiao Li
Yong Aing Zhai Yong Aing Zhai ... Zhai (as Wen Buo Zhai)
An Sheng Lin An Sheng Lin ... Baby Bebe
Kan Jin Chen Kan Jin Chen ... Ai Qin's Mother
Shiang Fa Lin Shiang Fa Lin ... Ai Qin's Father
Qin Rong Lin Qin Rong Lin ... Ai Qin's Brother
Ping Chen Ping Chen ... Snakehead in China / UK
Marc Hoeferlin Marc Hoeferlin ... People Smuggler in Calais
David Bryan ... People Smuggler in Calais (as Dave Bryan)
Jiannan Tian Jiannan Tian ... Smuggled Chinese Immigrant
Xiang Li ... Smuggled Chinese Immigrant
Shu Ping Wang Shu Ping Wang ... Snakehead in UK
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Storyline

A young girl, Ai Qin, pays $25,000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China. She is forced to live with eleven other Chinese in a small house in Thetford, Norfolk, working in factories and fields preparing food. The film was inspired by the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, when a gang of Chinese cockle-pickers found themselves trapped tide coming in. Written by Michelet Carsrud

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Morecambe Bay, February 5th 2004, 23 lives, 23 souls

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Connections

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User Reviews

Wonderful film
26 May 2007 | by admin-1038See all my reviews

A shaming portrayal of the way the UK benefits from cheap labour of illegal immigrants. The format is feature film, rather than fly on the wall documentary that audiences are used to, from Nick Broomfield.

It's superbly done and Broomfield has made it easy on the viewer with a very straightforward blow-by-blow account. The camera seems to go right to the heart of the lives of these unfortunate people, without being overly sentimental.

It's an arresting film, very beautifully composed and with a soundtrack that only assists in forcing you to quietly question why this happened.

It would do little Britain some good if this film was part of the national curriculum, in 'our' schools.


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Mandarin | English

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (UK) See more »

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