Dirty Pretty Things (2005)
Amazon; Hollywood Video
Nigerian Okwe, an ex-surgeon, now works as a taxi driver and porter at a West London Hotel after his escape to England to avoid threats to his life. He becomes friends with Senay, a young woman from Turkey working as a chambermaid. Senay is just one of the many illegal immigrants working at the hotel; all of whom struggle to support themselves in low-wage, low-status job that make them invisible to the eyes of most people despite the essential role they play in the national economy. The need to avoid the attention of legal authorities often makes illegal immigrants vulnerable to unscrupulous people. When Okwe and Senay accidentally discover that a thriving black market in human organs operates at the hotel, the pressures on each of them are immense. The organ market is fueled by greed and desperation - both in persons who need organs to live and persons willing to donate organs in exchange for a forged passsport they hope will lead to better lives. London Critics Circle Award; Venice Film Festival Award
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