Hungary, 2017 (MIFF 2018, Documentaries)

Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Playing out like a contemporary Grimm Brothers fairytale, A Woman Captured offers an unprecedented and extraordinary glimpse into modern-day slavery.

For over a decade, 53-year-old Marish has lived as a slave, toiling day and night for a cruel and callous woman named Eta. Marish’s captor has taken her identity, along with the money she earns from a second part-time job; her teenage daughter ran away years ago, and the rest of her family don’t know her whereabouts.

There are 45 million people living as slaves worldwide, including 1.2 million in Europe. Marish’s story is mind-boggling, but also all too common. First-time director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter gained access through bribing Marish’s mistress – a woman who never appears on screen but who maintains a menacing vocal presence, and who chillingly believes she has nothing to hide – and the result is incredible: as the work-ravaged Marish warms to the presence of Tuza-Ritter, the two begin to collude on an escape plan.

"An outstanding example of how filmmaking can make a difference ... one of boldest investigative stories of recent years. Five stars."– The Guardian

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