Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.
European Parliament LUX prize winner. Shun Li works in a textile factory in the outskirts of Rome, in order to get her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She is suddenly transferred to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, to work as a bartender in a pub. Bepi, a Slavic fisherman, nicknamed “the Poet” by his friends, has been a regular at that little pub for years. The friendship between Shun Li and Bepi upsets both the Chinese and local communities, who interfere with this new voyage, which they are perhaps simply too afraid of.
Through personal stories of victims and interviews with politicians, NGO representatives and activists, Fatal Promises provides a comprehensive look at the realities of human trafficking versus the rhetoric of politicians and pundits who claim to be making significant strides in combating this horrific crime against humanity. Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe, is a prime example of a nation struggling to establish a stable economy, a functioning legal system and to control criminal enterprises of which Human Trafficking is the largest. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of women, children and men have been trafficked from Ukraine to the United States, Western Europe and the Balkans since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The „Tree Workers Case” is the biggest case of labour exploitation to have been exposed in Europe in the last twenty years. Since 2009, at least 2,000 workers, mainly from Vietnam, but also from Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Ukraine have been forced to work under very harsh conditions in the state forest of the Czech Republic.
This short documentary is one of the finest statements made on the prevailing atmosphere of the Cold War in post-perestroika, post-Cold War Europe. The film sketches the transition between two different worlds: Europe and the former Soviet Union. The setting is a railway station at Brest-Litovsk. Before a train can move on from Poland to Belorussia, the wheels of each of the carriages have to be adjusted to meet the conditions of a wider gauge a difference of only 89 mm, yet symbolic for the huge transformation from one mind-set to another. Meanwhile, while the changes are being made, train passengers from France and Germany, Holland and Poland, watch the ceremony mutely as much in dismay as in disbelief.
For a year, Massimo d’Anolfi and Martina Pareti document the life of Milan International Airport, looking at all the nooks and crannies where regular travelers dare not peek. The film shows immigration, customs, security, maintenance and financial officers at work and during trainings. We are witness to intense controls, searches and x-rays of people, animals and things. Scenes include an officer reading a traveler’s text messages, vials of cocaine showing up on an x-ray machine inside someone’s body; we get to hear his story before and after being caught.
The first film to comprehensively depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labour, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual exploitation, and child soldiering.
„Which Way Home” is a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans, who are desperately trying to reach their parents in the US.; children like Jose, a ten-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise fourteen-year old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S. and send money back to her. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the children you never hear about; the invisible ones.
European Parliament LUX prize winner . Simon works as an instructor and lifeguard at the Calais swimming pool. To impress his wife and win her back, he decides to take a big risk, when he secretly helps out a young Kurdish refugee who wants to swim across the English Channel.