16 user 22 critic

Joy (2018)

TV-MA | | Drama | 24 May 2019 (USA)
Joy, a young Nigerian woman caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking, is instructed by her exploiter Madame to supervise Precious, a teenage girl who is not ready to accept her fate.


Sudabeh Mortezai
15 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anwulika Alphonsus Anwulika Alphonsus ... Joy
Mariam Sanusi Mariam Sanusi ... Precious
Angela Ekeleme Angela Ekeleme ... Madame
Gift Igweh Gift Igweh
Sandra John Sandra John
Chika Kipo Chika Kipo
Ella Osagie Ella Osagie
Eziza Isibor Eziza Isibor ... Juju Priest (as Dr. Eziza Isibor)
Glory Aghastmwan Glory Aghastmwan ... Girl at the Juju Ritual
Ernest Omachugbo Ernest Omachugbo ... Black Boys
Iwunnah Everlyn Nkechi Iwunnah Everlyn Nkechi ... Hair Stylists
Joy Utomi Joy Utomi ... Hair Stylists
Jane Okoh Jane Okoh ... Joy's Daughter
Jane Smith Jane Smith ... Foster Mother
Swantje Beckmann Swantje Beckmann ... Joy's Doctor


Joy is a young Nigerian woman caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She walks the streets to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame, while supporting her family in Nigeria and hoping for a better life for her little daughter in Vienna. Joy struggles to understand her role in this merciless system of exploitation when she is instructed by Madame to supervise Precious, a teenage girl fresh from Nigeria who is not ready to accept her fate. Written by Freibeuterfilm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




TV-MA | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Joy is directors Sudabeh Mortezai's 2nd feature film after her debut called Macondo. See more »


Music and lyrics by Yemi Alade
See more »

User Reviews

Beliefs, life, survival.
3 August 2020 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Excellent film on the vicious circle of prostitution. That's the core of the movie: even if you get out of the business, something so intense happened that you will never be the same, and "virtue" will ellude you, even in subliminal ways.

But on the other hand this is a story about Nigerian women who go to work as prostitutes in Austria and get into debt, after making an oath with a juju priest to enforce the contract that the women "sign": it is a cultural bind, a process of enslavement from which there is no escape. For you may become "free" after paying your debt to a madam, but at home your soul is still a prisoner in the form of a charm that the juju priest keeps with him, until a relative breaks the spell, after the debt is settled...

Beliefs, life, survival. A very good film, made by a German filmmaker of Iranian origins. Many awards in Venezia, Chicago, Sevilla, London and other international events. Highly Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





English | German

Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joy See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed