Earlier this year, we told you about the DVD release of domestic-slavery drama I Am Slave, starring versatile British actress Wunmi Mosaku (Moses Jones, Vera. Body Farm). This week, the LA Times told the story of Shyima Hall, a young Egyptian woman whose own life experience mirrors the one depicted in I Am Slave, highlighting the importance and potential impact of this and similar films' subject matter.
"A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slave, forced to cook and clean inside the home of a wealthy Irvine family and, at night, sleep on a squalid mattress in a windowless garage.
On Thursday, the Egyptian-born 22-year-old stood before a federal judge in Montebello with nearly 900 others and was sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizen. The ceremony capped a hard-scrabble journey that began with Hall's rescue, wound through the foster care system and ended with her living on her own, working, and with ambitions to become a federal agent.
"I went through something terrible, but right now I'm in a great place," Hall said after Thursday's citizenship ceremony at the Quiet Cannon Country Club. "I can't imagine anything greater than having my own life." [Los Angeles Times]
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