A WOMAN CAPTURED

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


See also...

THE PARIS OPERA

'Always fascinating … a mosaic-like story of the people and hard work that together make it possible for the Paris Opera to put on season after season of high-quality and high-art live spectacles.' – ... More »

DINA

Dina and Scott just want to get married. But when you're neurologically diverse, little in life is that simple, as this Sundance award winner reveals. ... Dina is bold and confident. Scott is shy and ... More »

ASK THE SEXPERT

Mahinder Watsa is 93 years old and the Mumbai Mirror's resident sexpert. Vaishali Sinha introduces us to a man who's heard it all and is fighting for a fairer, freer and more loved-up India. ... Since... More »

ROLLER DREAMS

Once the apex of cool, rollerskating burned brightly and briefly in the disco era; but while the rest of the world moved on, Roller Dreams proves that you can't stop the dancing. ... In the late 70s a... More »

GUARDIANS OF THE STRAIT

More than 50,000 container ships pass through Istanbul's perilously narrow Strait of Bosphorus every year, most of them filled to overflowing with oil. It's an eco-catastrophe waiting to happen, but a... More »

SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART

Best known for her groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry was the first African American woman to write a play staged on Broadway. But there is so much more to her story than that... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director