I Am Slave
- 1h 22min
A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom.A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom.A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom.
Based on the real-life experiences of Mende Nazer,the story unfolds as twelve-year-old Malia,daughter of champion wrestler Bah,is abducted from her Sudanese village in the Nubar Mountains by pro-government Arab militia and sold into slavery to a woman in Khartoum,who beats her for touching her daughter. After six years she is sent to London,where her name is changed,but her miserable life of servitude continues. Her passport is taken and she is told that her father will die if she goes to the authorities. Fortunately she meets a sympathetic person who seems to offer her the hope of escape and reunion with Bah,back in Sudan. For all the film's optimism an end title states that there are around 5,000 'slave' workers currently in Britain. —don @ minifie-1
Powerful in parts but perhaps an opportunity missed?
In the bonus features the makers of the film assert that they wanted to make a film about a human story rather than a story about the issue of slavery. To me this is an artificial separation. Slavery IS a human story particularly when dealing with a specific case and since the whole circumstance of this girl is about her slavery you cannot but tackle the issue as well. By making the characters so black and white it detracts from rather than adding to the realism. The unrelenting cruelty by otherwise "normal" people isn't explored properly because in real life such people convince themselves that what they're doing isn't cruel at all. Exploring these characters in greater depth would have forced the film to examine the issue more deeply and made the human story that much more powerful and realistic. Definitely worth watching despite these caveats.
- May 16, 2014
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