Bernadett Tuza-Ritter | Hungary 2017 | 89 Min. | OmeU

Modern Slavery exists, but we barely get to see it. In A Woman Captured, we get to know the 52-year-old Hungarian woman Marish who has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for a decade. She is one of over 45 million victims of modern day slavery today. Her ID was taken from her by her oppressors and she is not allowed to leave the house without permission. Working 20 hours a day – without getting paid – Marish is treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in. She spends the days with fear in her heart, but is dreaming of getting her life back. After 2 years of shooting, drawing courage from the filmmaker’s presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free person. The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.

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Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Cinematography and Sound: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Editing: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Producers: Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka Kiss

Hungarian Film Critics Award
Best Documentary Boston Global Cinema Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature Film Millenium Film Festival Brussels
Objectif de Bronze / Best Film for Human Rights Hungarian Film Award
Best Documentary ZagrebDox
Special Mention Ismailia Int’l Film Festival
The Jury Prize goEast Film Festival
The International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund|Köln
Audience Award CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival Linz
Best Documentary Award CineDOC Tbilisi IDFF
Civil DOC Award The Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Special Mention
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival Human Rights Dox prize
Dokufest Kosovo Grand Prix & Student Jury Award
IFF Message to Man / МКФ Послание к Человеку Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia

BERNADETT TUZA-RITTER is a Hungarian independent film director and editor specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. In 2013 she worked as a director on the project called ‘Cinetrain – Russian Winter’ which won the audience award at Vision du Reel documentary festival. Member of HSE and Hungarian Film Academy. Her first feature length documentary A WOMAN CAPTURED premiered at IDFA 2017 Main Competition. After its world premiere it was selected by Sundance Film Festival 2018 – World Cinema Documentary Competition.