A Woman Captured reveals the shocking phenomenon of modern-day slavery in the heart of Europe. It follows Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving as a family housekeeper for a decade, working 20 hours a day without pay. With no ID, no bed to sleep in and only leftover scraps to eat Marish is treated like an animal and forbidden to leave the house without permission. Shot over a period of two years, the film documents the first transformative steps of a journey Marish had long given up hope of making – towards her freedom, dignity and a renewed faith in life.
It is estimated that around 45 million people around the world live in modern slavery. In Hungary alone there are about 22,000.
They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story (Leeds Animation Workshop, UK, 2015)
They Call Us Maids is a short animated film commissioned by Pavilion and produced by Leeds Animation Workshop, in collaboration with Justice for Domestic Workers Leeds. The film draws on the experiences of thousands of women from disadvantaged backgrounds, in countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, South Asia or Africa, who have to find work abroad to support their families. Employed as maids they work in private homes, often for long hours and low pay.
The Critical Forum panel discussion will take place after the screening at 15.00 in the Silver Room. Free entry.
- Sam Poling, Scottish investigative journalist, currently working for BBC Scotland and BBC Panorama.
- Shan Saba, director of Brightwork, a recruitment business based in Glasgow and founder of the campaign Scotland Against Modern Slavery.
- Meghan O’Neill, Campaigns and Engagement Officer Oxfam Scotland.