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I Am Slave (2010)

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A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom.

Director:

Gabriel Range

Writer:

Jeremy Brock (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wunmi Mosaku ... Malia
Isaach De Bankolé ... Bah
Lubna Azabal
Igal Naor ... Said
Hiam Abbass
Nonso Anozie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nyokabi Gethaiga ... Hana
Sarah Hassan
Nasser Memarzia ... Ibrahim
Selva Rasalingam ... Amir
Amaar Sardharwalla Amaar Sardharwalla ... Assi
Jameel Sardharwalla Jameel Sardharwalla ... Rami
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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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eimai sklava See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Malia: Time is whatever it wants to be. Once I was 12, now I'm 18. What if all of those years were just a moment? What if time could blink and all of those years were gone?
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Powerful in parts but perhaps an opportunity missed?
16 May 2014 | by DillyDellySee all my reviews

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.


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