Documentary Drama | 96 mins | 2006
Based on true events, GHOSTS tells the story of Ai Qin, a young Chinese girl from Fujian, China.
Festivals & Awards
Opening Film – San Sebastian Film Festival 2006 – Competition
Official Selection London Film Festival 2006
Competition Sundance Film Festival 2007
Cast & Credits
Director: Nick Broomfield
Producer: Nick Broomfield, Jez Lewis
Cast: Ai Qui Lin, Zhan Yu, Xiao Wei, Man Qin Wei, Yong Aing Zhai
Based on true events, GHOSTS tells the story of Ai Qin, a young Chinese girl from Fujian, China. Ai Qin borrows $25,000 to pay the Snakehead gang to smuggle her into the UK so she can support he son and family back in China. Once in the UK, she becomes another one of three million migrant workers that are the bedrock of its food supply chain, construction and hospitality industries. She lives with fifteen other Chinese in a two-bedroom suburban house and, with an illegally forged work permit, she works in factories preparing food for supermarkets. In her search for better paying jobs to repay her debts, she ends up cockling in Morecambe Bay at night. On February 5th 2004 twenty-three Chinese illegal immigrants drowned in Morecambe. Their families in China are still paying off their debts.
Ai Qin and the other principal characters are played by Chinese former illegal immigrants who have drawn on their experiences to give passionate and authentic performances. The director has stepped out of his documentarian role to create a grippingly compelling film that will change your views on the entire migrant population and leave you wondering about slavery in the 21st century.