Nick Broomfield's Ghosts in April
Tartan Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Nick Broomfield’s Ghosts for 9th April 2007 priced at £19.99. In 2004, the tragic death of a group of Chinese cockle-pickers grabbed headline news internationally. Whilst they were illegal migrants, they were also victims of a system that exploits people desperate for a seemingly better life in Britain. Willing to sacrifice everything for her son’s welfare, Ai Qin Lin pays to be illegally smuggled out of China into Britain in the hope of a better life. However, the reality is far different. She’s forced to accept low-paid jobs and overcrowded living conditions, but also enduring abuse and bullying. After hard labour on farms and in factories and fields, better prospects beckon on the beaches of Morecambe Bay.
Director Nick Broomfield has made his formidable reputation as a documentary filmmaker, chooing a wide range of subjects and personalities such as Kurt And Courtney and Biggie And Tupac. In Ghosts he dramatises events with his expert eye for realism and a powerful sense of anger and justice, focuses on one young single mother, Ai Qin Lin, whose harrowing personal experiences have helped shape the story, giving added passion and authenticity. She is one of the lucky ones, but she is just one example of the ruthless emergence of a modern-day slave trade at a time when the two hundredth anniversary of the Slave Trade is being acknowledged. The film provides a voice to this invisible but growing aspect of immigrant population, a world which is easier to ignore than acknowledge.
DVD extras include a making of documentary, original trailer and notes by Jason Wood (author of “Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons”).
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