Synopsis: A young girl, Ai Qin, pays $25,000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China. She is forced to live with eleven other Chinese in a small house in Thetford, Norfolk, working in factories and fields preparing food. The film was inspired by the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, when a gang of Chinese cockle-pickers found themselves trapped tide coming in.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Nick Broomfield
  1 win & 2 nominations.
96 min

The weather's terrible.

Ghosts won't come out when it's like this.

That's good for us, though.

At least they can't beat us up if they're not here.

Can anyone hear me?

Is anyone there?

It's useless. Help's never going to come.

We're going to have to swim for shore.

Call your family before we get in the water.

Just call your mum. Hurry up.

Mum, it's me.

Has the money lender been around again?

Am I behind on my payments?

I hope it'll be okay.

Can I speak to my son?

Bebe, Mummy will sing a song for you.

Like everybody my age,

I have to leave to make a living.

Your brother and sister will help support you.

But I don't want that.

I won't let you.

She needs money to support Bebe.

She doesn't have a choice.

I'll cry if you go.

Don't speak like that.

Do you really think I want to leave?

You always speak like this. It upsets me.

What do you expect me to say?

You're going to leave your own child behind?

I really don't want you to do that.

Last time, you lost your temper

when I tried to stop you,

but I still stopped you from leaving.

It's not like I want to leave.

I can't earn a living here.

Who's going to pay for Bebe's schooling?

I won't let her go.

What's this?

What is it? What is it?

- What is it?

- What's this?

A turtle.

"Happy Turtle Festival."

This is a mushroom.

It's up there. It's up there.

Are you Ai Qin?

I hear you can get me to the UK.

How much do you charge?

- $25,000.

- $25,000. That's a lot.

That's the price.

As an illegal, you won't find cheaper.

Can a person earn a lot there?

This is a guy I helped.

He got rich within two years.

What a car!

How long will it take to pay off the $25,000?

One or two years.

Have you brought the deposit?

Here's $5,000.

Thank you.

Say goodbye to Mum.

Say goodbye to Mummy.

Give a kiss to Mummy.

Mum is going to England to make lots of money.

Please take care of yourself.

Dress warmly.

Call me when you can.

Look after yourself.

I don't know if this is the right thing to do.

Call me often.

Are we there?

Where the hell are we?

Hey, come here. Come here.

- Who are you?

- We're here to pick you up. Come here.

Put your bags down.

Put your bags down.

Call your family.

They need to release the final payment

for your journey.

- Hurry.

- Mum,

you need to make the final payment immediately

so they'll let me go.

I can't speak long. It's their phone.

I'll call you later.

Don't be scared. Come on, get up.

What are you doing?

Come with me. Come with me.

I want to go by myself.

The car's over here.

This way.

I've paid all the money.

Why do I have to come with you?

I don't want to come.

Come! Come with me. Be quick about it.

Why are you crying?

Who's this?

250 per week! Bloody marvelous!

I've just picked up a friend.

Very nice. One day, I'll introduce you.

Talk to you later.

Lots of money.

I just introduced Miss Wong to someone.

She's got a good job.

- How much does she make?

- 250 per week.

What does she do?

- Massage?

- Of course.

You think you can make 250 washing dishes?

- I don't know how to massage.

- It's easy. I'll show you.

I've introduced so many girls to this.

# There are some wild flowers on the road

# You mustn't take them

# Another kiss and my heart trembles

# You ask me how much I love you #

I'm tired.

There's nothing in the fridge.

You want some water?


The rent here is 25 per week.

The toilet and bathroom are upstairs.

Hurry up. Get up.

That's your bed. Give her a mattress.

25 for this?

What do you expect? Buckingham Palace?

Anyway, I'm going to bed. You sort it out.

Take this one.

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Nick Broomfield

Nicholas "Nick" Broomfield (born 1948) is an English documentary film director. His self-reflexive style has been highly influential, and was adapted by many later filmmakers. In the early 21st century, he began to use non-actors in scripted works, which he calls "Direct Cinema". His output ranges from studies of entertainers to political works such as examinations of South Africa before and after the end of apartheid and the rise of the black-majority government of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress party. Broomfield generally works with a minimal crew, recording sound himself and using one or two camera operators. He is often seen in the finished film, usually holding the sound boom and wearing the Nagra tape recorder. more…

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