Sudabeh Mortezais second feature film Joy, recently awarded in Venice, garners major distinctions in London and Chicago:
Best Film Award at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival and
Silver Hugo: Special Jury Prize at the 54th Chicago IFF
The LONDON jury statement
JOY is a provocative and unique film offering a devastating portrait of human resilience in the most inhuman of environments.
A raw, fresh view on sex trafficking with a sharp feminist perspective sewn in throughout director Sudabeh
Mortezai successfully immerses us in the womens lives with her documentarist approach exploring the traps of abuse and
extortion without ever becoming exploitative itself. A vital beautifully made film that my fellow jurors and I urge you to
The CHICAGO jury statement
This film shows in an honest and raw way the conflicts of two sex workers of Nigeria in Europe, showing in a truthful
and consistent style the cycle of exploitation. Moral dilemmas and guilt are exposed carefully in this sincere social drama.