Advice about an important film: ”The Voice of the Voiceless”

The Voice of the Voiceless or La Voz de los Silenciados was screened at Göteborg’s Filmfestival (Göteborg International Film Festival) 2014. It has been and will be screened at several film festivals all over the world. Keep an eye out for it, and if you find a place screening the film, you should take the opportunity to see it.

The film is about modern slavery. Poverty-stricken deaf-mutes are tricked into leaving Latin America with false promises of getting an education in New York City, only to become prisoners of criminals who run an organized begging operation in the subway. The victims live under horrifying conditions. The film is based on true events.

Not only is the film very current and strong but also creative and artistic. It is a black and white silent movie and contains no dialog, all so as to mirror the protagonist’s world view – a trafficked teenaged deaf-mute girl.

It is quite simply a must-see film. I’ve never seen anything like it before. ”Beautiful and touching” feels like the completely wrong words to describe it but I can’t think of another expression, other than perhaps ”absolutely shocking”.

Robert Schenck

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