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.