A Woman Captured
An unprecedented and extraordinary glimpse at the reality of modern day slavery.
Inside an upscale Hungarian house, run by a tyrannical matriarch called Eta, resides a domestic slave, 52-year-old Marish. Marish has been captive in the house for over a decade. She labours 12 hours a day in a factory for a paycheck she must immediately hand over to Eta, followed by constant domestic work and abuse. Eating scraps from the dinners she prepares, and receiving only cigarettes and coffee in return, Marish has forgotten what freedom feels like. The first-time director, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, gains access through bribing Eta – who never appears on screen but who maintains a menacing vocal presence, and who chillingly believes she has nothing to hide – and the result is incredible: as the work-ravaged Marish warms to the presence of Tuza-Ritter, emboldened, the two begin to hatch an escape plan.
There are 45 million people living as slaves worldwide, 22,000 of them in Hungary alone, where authorities refuse to intervene in cases like Marish’s. A Woman Captured places us in a world rife with chilling questions about human psychology, complicity, voyeurism and ultimately the search for freedom.
Hungarian with English subtitles