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"Ghosts" charity preview + panel discussion on migrant workers

What Special preview screening of GHOSTS in aid of community groups Migrant Voices, Transient Workers Count Too and The Morecambe Victims Fund. A harrowing true life story of endurance and hope.
When 6 August 2007 (Monday), 7.00 pm
Where Golden Village VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk VivoCity, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 098585 Tel: 6311 9162

Tickets are available at S$10 from Golden Village. All revenues from ticket sales will be donated to Migrant Voices, TWC2 and The Morecambe Victims Fund.


A harrowing true life story of endurance and hope.

A special charity screening of the stunning drama-documentary GHOSTS, by acclaimed UK filmmaker Nick Broomfield, will be held on Monday 6th August at Golden Village, VivoCity, in aid of two Singaporean-based non-profit groups working with migrant workers, Migrant Voices and Transient Workers  Count, Too (TWC2) and The Morecambe Victims Fund.

On February 5th 2004 twenty-three Chinese migrant workers drowned on the cockle bays of Morecambe Bay, cut off by the rising tides. The tragedy shocked the world and highlighted the often extreme dangers migrant workers face when left unprotected by the law and at the hands of unscrupulous human traffickers.

GHOSTS is inspired by the events leading up to that tragedy, telling the story of Ai Qin, a young Chinese girl from Fujian, China, who borrows $25,000 to pay Snakeheads to smuggle her into the UK illegally so she can support her son and family back in China. Once in the UK Ai Qin lives with eleven other Chinese workers in a two-bedroom suburban house, with illegally forged work permits, and works in factories preparing food for British supermarkets. In her search for a better paying job to repay her debts she ends up cockling in Morecambe Bay at night.

This is the second feature for director Nick Broomfield who has retained from his many documentaries a desire for authenticity and created a compelling film that will change your views on migrant populations to the UK and leave you wondering about slavery in the 21st century.

Ai Qin and the other principal characters are played by Chinese former illegal immigrants who have drawn on their life experiences to give passionate and authentic performances.

The screening, which will be followed by a discussion on the issues raised by the film, led by Braema Mathiaparanam, is organised by the British Council, Golden Village Pictures, Singapore Film Society, Migrant Voices, and Transient Workers Count, Too (TWC2).

GHOSTS is released in Singapore on 16th August.


“A valuably tactless, steady, clear-eyed look at the tragedy and cruelty of the new globalised serfdom”.
The Guardian (UK)

“Micro-budget, big issues and one of the year's first mini-surprises: Broomfield's turned a pressing, grave topic into a gripping piece of cinema.”
Empire magazine (UK)


About Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield studied law at Cardiff Law School and political science at Essex University before moving into film at the National Film and Television School. In collaboration with Joan Churchill, Broomfield has made several films, most recently His Big White Self.

Broomfield's filmmaking awards include the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, a BAFTA, the Prix Italia, a Grierson Award, the Hague Peace Prize, and the Amnesty International DOEN Award.

His other credits include Biggie and Tupac, Kurt & Courtney, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, Monster in a Box, Driving Me Crazy, Lily Tomlin, Soldier Girls, and Who Cares.


MIGRANT VOICES is a registered arts society that runs art events and programmes for migrant workers as a platform of expression. Formed after the collaborative efforts of a diverse group of volunteers in producing a CD featuring music, songs and poetry by migrant workers in Singapore in 2006, Migrant Voices has since partnered local arts groups in staging musical concerts, drama workshops and theatre performances featuring migrant workers.

Migrant Voices will be presenting the One Voice concert at The Arts House on 22 July to commemorate Racial Harmony Day and will be staging the drama, “Tales Within Borders”, at the Asian Civilisation Museum on 28 and 29 July.

TRANSIENT WORKERS COUNT TOO (TWC2) is a society concerned with the welfare of foreign migrant workers.  TWC2 conducts research, undertakes public education projects, and offers advice and practical help migrant workers.

BRITISH COUNCIL is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council’s purpose is to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and to increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements.

The SINGAPORE FILM SOCIETY is Singapore's longest-established organization promoting the appreciation of film as a medium of art and entertainment, conceptualizing, sourcing, programming, marketing and managing a year-round line-up of quality film screenings that now averages over 200 movies every year.

Established in 1993, GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES is one of Singapore's leading movie distributors, releasing titles ranging from blockbusters like the MATRIX trilogy, and KILL BILL VOLS 1 & 2 to arthouse gems such as THE PIANIST, world-acclaimed documentaries such as SUPER SIZE ME and Singapore's home grown movie products like Kelvin Tong's THE MAID, Jack Neo's ONE MORE CHANCE and JUST FOLLOW LAW as well as ONE LAST DANCE and PROTÉGÉ.