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Ghosts
Official Selection - Opening Film (In competition)
Ghosts
Foto: SSIFF
Ghosts
Foto: SSIFF
Ghosts
Foto: SSIFF
Ghosts
Foto: SSIFF

On 5th February 2004, twenty-three illegal Chinese immigrants died on the north coast of England while cockle picking. One of the few survivors of the tragedy, Ai Qin personally stars in the tale of her journey from China to England and the harsh working conditions she is obliged to face in the effort to secure a better life for her son and family in China. Ai Qin, a native of Fujian, had to borrow $25,000 to pay the gang who smuggled her into the UK, where she became another of the three million migrant workers serving as the bedrock of its food supply chain, construction and hospitality industries. She lived with another 15 people of Chinese origin in a 2-bedroom house. Their families are still paying off their debts with the Chinese mafia. Filmed on the limits between documentary and fiction, Ghosts will have you wondering about slavery in the 21st century.
BIOGRAPHY
Having studied law at Cardiff and political science at Essex University, he studied film at the National Film School. In 1970, still at university, he shot his first short, Who Cares, having directed numerous feature films since then, some with Joan Churchill. His filmography includes, among others, Juvenile Liaison (1976), Tattooed Tears (1978), Soldier Girls (1980), Lily Tomlin (1985), The Leader, His Driver and the Driver?s Wife (1990), Kurt & Courtney (1997), Biggie and Tupac (2002) and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003).
CAST & CREW
Director
Nick Broomfield
Screenplay
Nick Broomfield, Jez Lewis
Photography
Mark Wolfe
Edition
Peter Christelis
Cast
Ai Qin Lin, Zhan Yu, Zhe Wei, Man Qin Wei, Yong Aing Zhai
Running Time
96 m.
Country
UK - USA
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