On February 5th 2004 twenty three Chinese drowned in Morcombe Bay. Their families in China are still paying off their debts. When a young girl, Ai Qin, pays £25,000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China, she becomes another one of 3 million migrant workers that have become the bedrock of our economy. Forced to live with eleven other Chinese in a two bedroom house, they work in factories preparing food for British supermarkets. Risking their lives for pennies, these unprotected workers end up cockling in Morcombe Bay at night. With an extraordinary debut performance from Ai Qin Lin in a film whose principal characters are played by Chinese former illegal immigrants, Ghosts offers a unique insight into a secret world that surrounds us.
Zhan Yu, Tao Li, Ai Qin Lin, Zhe Wei, Yong Aing Zhai, An Sheng Lin, Kan Jin Chen, Shiang Fa Lin, Qin Rong Lin, Ping Chen, Marc Hoeferlin, David Bryan, Jiannan Tian, Xiang Li, Shu Ping Wang, Li Qing Yang, Man Qin Wei, Raquel Marques, Graca Costa, Lorraine Day
Valuable document of a real life catastrophe.
- Ghosts review by Steve Mason
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Dramatic reconstruction of the tragic drowning of Chinese illegal immigrants in Morecambe Bay, compelled to their deaths by gangs in China and the UK. Broomfield exhibits the links between their fate and the food in our mouths. Broomfield is no Ken Loach but delivers a compelling, shaming polemic.