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LONG Métrage | 2010
I Am Slave
Pays concerné : Royaume-Uni
Durée : 80 minutes
Genre : drame
Type : fiction


Fait par l’équipe multiprimée de DEATH OF A PRESIDENT et LE DERNIER ROI D’ECOSSE, et inspiré de faits réels, I AM SLAVE est un film de suspens autour d’un choquant commerce d’esclaves à Londres et du combat d’une femme pour la liberté.

Réal : Gabriel RANGE
Pays : Royaume Uni
Année : 2010
Langue: anglais
Productrice : Andrea Calderwood
Production Exécutive : Gail Egan
Scénariste : Jeremy Brock
Durée : 1h20

Wunmi Mosaku (Malia), Isaach de Bankolé (le père), Lubna Azabal, Igal Naor, Natalie Mghoi, Hiam Abbass


From the award winning team behind Death of a President and The Last King of Scotland, and inspired by real life events, I Am Slave is a controversial thriller about London’s shocking slave trade, and one woman’s fight for freedom.

Gabriel Range’s last film at the Festival, Death of a President, caused intense controversy with its speculative fiction about an assassination of George W. Bush. With I Am Slave, Range tackles a subject that would be equally incendiary if it were more on the public radar.
Currently in London, England, thousands of people are living in what could be considered a contemporary incarnation of slavery. They have no legal papers, no freedom of movement, no pay for the work they do. They live invisibly in a thriving, democratic metropolis – and of course London is not alone. I Am Slave tells the story of one such modern captive.
As a young girl in the south of Sudan, Malia enjoys growing up within a close-knit community, including a father (Isaach de Bankolé) who exercises his strength and pride in magnificent scenes of traditional Nuba wrestling. But even he can’t protect her when mujahideen raiders sweep down from the north. They capture her and sell her in the capital, Khartoum, where she spends years doing domestic work for an Arab family, behind locked doors. Her father searches the city for her, but never comes closer than a near miss.
When Malia (played by Wunmi Mosaku) turns eighteen, the matron of the family that owns her sends her to relatives in London. There, Malia works trapped behind the gates of their wealthy home. She has no money and no passport; no one even knows of her whereabouts.
With Range at the helm, and supported by the same writer-producer team that made The Last King of Scotland, I Am Slave carries an impressive pedigree of serious, engaged drama. But pedigree is not what counts here. The success of this film lies in its ability to draw the viewer into Malia’s life. Range’s camera is close and intimate; his perspective is hers. Each time we may try to dismiss Malia’s world as impossible the film pulls us back into its horrifying truth.
Cameron Bailey (TIFF 2010, Toronto)

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2010
Language: English
Producer: Andrea Calderwood
Executive Producer: Gail Egan
Screenplay: Jeremy Brock
Runtime: 80

Principal Cast: Wunmi Mosaku, Isaach de Bankolé, Lubna Azabal, Igal Naor, Natalie Mghoi, Hiam Abbass
Producer: Andrea Calderwood
Executive Producer: Gail Egan
Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan
Editor: Brand Thumim
Sound: Danny Hambrook, Scott Jones
Music: Harry Escott, Molly Nyman
Production Designer: Cristina Casali

International Sales Agent: ContentFilm International
Production Company: SLATE FILMS
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