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"I Am Slave", Starring Wunmi Mosaku, Coming to DVD This Month; Trailer

by Emmanuel Akitobi
August 17, 2011 3:12 AM
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I Am Slave, starring Wunmi Mosaku (Moses Jones, Father and Son, Vera), Isaach De Bankolé (Chocolat, The Keeper, White Material) and Nonso Anozie (Atonement, RocknRolla, Conan The Barbarian) is a film that I've been waiting to see since it's debut in August 2010 on Britain's Channel 4.

This past April, I Am Slave had a two-day screening during Filmfest DC that I somehow managed to miss. I finally get my chance to see it when it's released on DVD on August 22.

Check out the following synopsis for I Am Slave:

From the award-winning team that produced Death of a President and The Last King of Scotland, I Am Slave is a controversial thriller about the slave trade in present-day London and one woman's fight for freedom. Inspired by actual events, the film begins in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, when 12-year-old Malia (Wunmi Mosaku) is snatched from the arms of her father (Isaach de Bankole) during a Muharaleen raid. When she is 18, Malia is transferred to her master's London cousin (Lubna Azabal). Stripped of her passport and living in terror of what might happen to her family, Malia is trapped in an unforgiving, alien environment. Through her eyes and this dramatic narrative, the secret plague of slavery in the 21st century lies exposed.

Now, mind you, this is a Region-2 DVD release, so you'll need a Region-2 or Region-Free DVD player to view it. But this is also what makes the possibilities of the upcoming BBC Global iPlayer application, which I told you about here, so appealling. Let's keep our fingers crossed in the hope that I Am Slave, and similar content, is made more readily available to us here in North America.

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  • clnmike | August 21, 2011 4:56 AMReply

    Bump the Help I'll watch this.

  • J | August 18, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    I'm so hoping that this film will be available in the U.S.

    Many people think of the enslavement of Africans in relation to Europeans & Christianity usually. That's only part of the history (past & present).

  • ActorAgainstBS | August 18, 2011 2:54 AMReply

    Beautiful! I want more!

  • James Madison | August 18, 2011 1:19 AMReply

    ..and thanks for that link Emmanuel.

  • James Madison | August 18, 2011 1:18 AMReply

    I want to see this.

  • Emmanuel | August 17, 2011 8:22 AMReply

    Guys, this issue is bigger than we think. Check this out . . .

  • Cynthia | August 17, 2011 6:56 AMReply

    This was a nice film that actually left me with questions as to how big of an issue is this? Nobody thinks of modern-day slavery going on in London.

  • Tamara | August 17, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    modern-day slave traders and human traffickers should all die of gonorrhea and rot in Hell.

    with that said, this tale already breaks my heart. i like the poster's "split-screen".

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