Brick Lane

Director: Sarah Gavron, United Kingdom 2006, 101 min.

The films tells the story of a beautiful young Bangladeshi woman who arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Nazneen's mother always told her she was a survivor, but trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister, meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her lot, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows. But she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided - and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her doo

Human Trafficking

Director: Christian Duguay, USA 2005, 180 min.

Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the multi-billion-dollar industry of modern slavery. The underworld calls them human traffic. When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) struggles to expose the worldwide network that has enslaved them.

Last resort

Director: Paul Pawlikowski, United Kingdom 2000, 75 min.

Last Resort is a moving love story which deals with the controversial issue of asylum seekers. Tanya, young and naîve, leaves Moscow with her street-wise 10-year-old son Artiom, to meet her English fiancé. But after he fails to turn up at the airport, Tanya and her son find themselves virtually imprisoned in a deserted seaside resort where all refugees are forced to live. They have no passports, no money, no rights. "Paul Pawlikowski was given free rein to select the subject matter and devise the drama. He used improvisation, documentary methods and a documentary-sized crew. The end result is high-quality, low-cost film-making that has a power and individuality rarely found in more conventional drama," says producer Ruth Caleb

Sahara Chronicle

Director: Ursula Biemann, Switzerland 2006/2007, 50 min., in French with English subtitles

Five selected chapters of a video project on migration structures from West Africa to Europe via the Maghreb. In a non-linear narrative style the project shows not only the conditions of transport but also the infrastructure of security control, and the retention camps along the way. Interviews imply backgrounds of the emergence and development of these structures.


Silent Stories

Director: Catherine Vuylsteke and Hanne Phlypo, Belgium, 2011, 52 Min., original language with English subtitles

Silent Stories is a poetic portrait about four people, who had to leave their home countries Algeria, Iraq, Senegal and Guinea because of their sexual identity. They are trying to build up a new life in Europe. The struggle finding a place in a society, which accepts them as they are is inseparably connected with the pain to have left their home countries and their families behind.


Director: Marco Kreuzpainter, USA 2007, 119 min.

When 13-year-old Adriana is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, sets off on a desperate mission to save her. Adriana is trapped by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, and her only friend throughout the ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl's abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own loss of family leads him to become an ally. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret Internet sex-slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they frantically try to catch up with Adriana's kidnappers before she is sold and disappears into a brutal underworld from which few victims ever return.