An estimated 40 million people live in slavery in the world today, including thousands of children suffering forced labor on fishing boats on Ghana’s Lake Volta. Lindsay Braham and Andrew Ellis’ The Deep Place dramatizes the story of a young boy abducted into slavery and rescued after two years by the International Justice Mission. While happy endings like Foli’s are undoubtedly rare and drownings far more common, the film, produced by the IJM to promote its mission, puts a face on a global crisis that can be solved, if only enough people offer support.
Filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter set out to make a documentary about a Hungarian woman who was proud to have servants working in her home. But what she uncovered when she began filming a servant named Marish was a cruel case of modern day slavery. Marish had been kept in the woman’s home for 10 years, where she was forced to sleep on the couch, fed very little, belittled by the family, abused both physically and emotionally and stripped of the paychecks she earned at her factory job. This film chronicles an inhumane epidemic that still occurs around the globe; some 45 million people are victims of slavery to this day. But it also shines a light on the incredible well of courage it takes to escape oppression and regain the dignity, freedom and agency that are all of our human rights.