Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Slave Trade in the World Today|
Actors: Robert Lamoureux, Allen Swift
Directors: Folco Quilici, Maleno Malenotti, Roberto Malenotti
This Is NOT slave trade in the world "today"
Casus Belli | 10/29/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I checked this DVD out from my local library thinking that I would be getting a contemporary report on slavery as it exists in the 21st century.
Within the first few minutes of viewing I became keenly aware that this video was not a current expose as I'd hoped.
The DVD transfer may have been made in 2002, but this "shockumentary" Mondo Cane style "documentary" itself dates back to 1964 and was released on VHS in 1982.
To western viewers in the early 60's this presentation may have been both exotically shocking, and to some titillating, as its vintage was intended. Today's sensitized viewers will find it less informative and far less "titillating" than its original audience.
Though the "today" of this video is not the "today" of the 21st century, slavery still exists.
In fact though this video illustrates slavery as it persists in Africa and the Middle East, many viewers may not be shocked to know that "white" slavery is perhaps more prevalent today than at any time since before WW2. The result of culture clash, overpopulation, greed and hard economic times throughout the world devalues human dignity and too often makes the cost of human flesh the price of survival. Slavery exists today in Eastern Europe and throughout the west as it has in most 3rd world countries in one form or another for millennia. Every nation is affected and, as others have already commented, not even the United States is immune to its existence and perpetuation.
Slavery today is insidiously pandemic and has unfortunetly expanded by leaps and bounds in all its heinous forms beyond the almost innocent naiveté expressed by this video.
Unless one wishes to see what their parents and grandparents quaintly found exploitively "shocking" at the drive-in theater of their time, or wishes to see an example of how little slavery has changed (other than it's horrific expansion) since this movie was first presented; I suggest that this video will have very little to offer.
In my opinion it deserves no more than a a two or three star rating at best.
If one does wish to see a "real" documentary on how the value of human life has degraded since this video was made time could be better spent watching any of numerous contemporary independent films available. I suggest viewing "Darwin's Nightmare" (2004), or "Born Into Brothels" (2004), among others, as a start."
Slavery still exists. See for yourself
bookloversfriend | United States | 12/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This ninety minute documentary, filmed in 1964 and released on video in 1982, contains a remark at the beginning of the video that the slavery shown in the film still exists. The film proves its point. The filmmakers actually buy two African women from an African slave trader for 300 pounds apiece. They also show female slaves being bargained for in Saudi Arabia. Not all of the slaves are African.
Most slavery, as it has for centuries, originates in Africa and ends in Arabia.
A fictional dramatization of the problem exists in the movie Ashanti, to which a number of big Hollywood stars lent their names and their presence, including Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, William Holden, Rex Harrison, and Omar Sharif.