Joy is one of the thousands of Nigerian women that have ended up on the streets of Europe, trapped in the vicious circle of sex trafficking – where other women work as pimps. With the money she earns, she supports her family in Africa, saves for her young daughter who lives in Vienna, and is about to pay off her debt to her “Madam.” However, Madam does not mean to let her go: she instructs her to supervise a young prostitute and slowly induct her into this underground world, thus rendering her a victim and an accomplice at the same time. A harsh, necessary, insider’s look into a new colonial system of global inequality, a film that forces European citizens to pull their heads out of the sand and empathize with different people struggling for a different take on “success.”
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Direction: Sudabeh Mortezai
Script: Sudabeh Mortezai
Cinematography: Klemens Hufnagl
Editing: Oliver Neumann
Sound: Atanas Tcholakov
Actors: Joy Anwulika Alphonsus, Precious Mariam Sanusi, Angela Ekeleme Pius, Gift Igweh, Sandra John, Chika Kipo, Ella Osagie, Christian Ludwig, Mary Kreutzer
Production: Freibeuter Film
Producer/Producers: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser
Art Direction: Julia Libiseller
Costumes: Carola Pizzini
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Austria
Production Year: 2018
Duration: 101΄
World Sales: Films Boutique,
Awards/Distinctions: Hearst Film Award & Label Europa Cinemas – Venice IFF 2018

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