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by Sudabeh Mortezai


Joy is a young Nigerian woman caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She works the streets to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame, while supporting her family in Nigeria and hoping for a better life for her little daughter in Vienna. Joy struggles to understand her role in this merciless system of exploitation when she is instructed by Madame to supervise Precious, a teenage girl fresh from Nigeria who is not ready to accept her fate.

international title: Joy
original title: Joy
country: Austria
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Sudabeh Mortezai
film run: 99'
screenplay: Sudabeh Mortezai
cast: Joy Alphonsus, Precious Mariam Sanusi, Angela Ekeleme, Gift Igweh, Sandra John, Chika Kipo, Ella Osagie, Christian Ludwig
cinematography by: Klemens Hufnagl
film editing: Oliver Neumann
art director: Julia Libiseller
costumes designer: Carola Pizzini
producer: Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann
production: Freibeuter Film
backing: Austrian Film Institute (AT), Vienna Film Fund (AT), ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen (AT)
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