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Moving People, Moving Images: Human Trafficking in the New Europe

Moving People, Moving Images: Human Trafficking in the New Europe


Human trafficking has long been a subject of cinema. The silent Traffic in Souls used it to titillate and promote reform movements as early as 1913. Since then, the subject has been revisited at various times and in various contexts. In the past decade, the dramatic rise in migration and the demise of national borders across the ‘new’ Europe have turned human traffic into one of the dominant narratives of contemporary cinema. This study focuses on the current cycle of films that play upon global anxieties about trafficking. Like their subject, the essays in this volume cross national borders to reflect on recent films that depict white slavery, drug trafficking and undocumented labour. The volume considers trafficking films by internationally renowned directors such as Amos Gitaï (Promised Land), the Dardenne Brothers (Lorna’s Silence), Nick Broomfield (Ghosts), Michael Winterbottom (In This World), Ulrich Seidl (Import/Export). A range of documentary and activist films on the topic are also examined, as well as examples from the realm of popular genres, such as Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008). If you are entitled to a discount as a bookseller, contributor or conference attendee, please select the relevant discount below and then enter your discount code when prompted.
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