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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 & 9 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

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The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in August 2018 in the section "Giornate degli Autori". See more »


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Composed by Stefan Halbscheffel
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Joy's history... Was hard enough...
27 May 2019 | by khanal_1945See all my reviews

I watch it with my wife, but we were a little bit disappointed with that end but the core of that was great, how joy managed the situation at the end and how this crazy world show to us his creepy and occult true..

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English | German

Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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