Imported For My Body

Screenings

2020 Season
East Africa digital edition

Imported for my Body is an investigation featuring Grace, a Kenyan woman who is one of many women trafficked to India from East and West Africa as part of a large, well-established sex-trafficking network. After responding to an advert for dancers and hostesses abroad, Grace arrives in New Delhi where her passport is confiscated, and she must pay a grossly inflated fee for her travel. She is then forced by a madam to earn her freedom by doing sex work. Determined to break the cycle, Grace goes undercover, wearing secret cameras to capture unprecedented footage exposing an underground ring entrapping women. 

Filmmaker(s): 
Nyasha Kadandara
Country of Production: 
Kenya and India
Year: 
2019
52m
Language(s): 
English, Swahili
Genre: 
Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Nyasha Kadandara
Director

Nyasha is an award-winning pan-African director and cinematographer who tells stories that traverse the continent and reflect alternative voices. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. In 2015, her first film 'Through the Fire' about a recovering drug-user facing the demons of his past won the Audience Choice Award for a short documentary at Atlanta Docufest. Her short documentary 'Queens & Knights' about a gay and inclusive rugby team won first prize at the 2016 NBC Sports film contest Cptr’d and premiered at South by SouthWest. In 2019, she wrote, filmed and produced 'Sex and the Sugar Daddy' an extensive multimedia piece on transactional sex relationships in Kenya which was a finalist for the One World Media Awards in the Popular Feature and Digital Media categories. Nyasha's latest work includes 'Le Lac' a virtual reality documentary which looks at the effects of climate change and the Boko Haram insurgency around Lake Chad. 'Le Lac' won the Digital Narrative Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2019 and is currently on the festival circuit. And, her investigative documentary 'Imported for my Body' about cross-continental sex trafficking was shortlisted for the Amnesty Media Awards in 2020.

Peter Murimi
Senior Producer

Peter Murimi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan TV documentary director focusing on hard-hitting social issues, from extra-judicial killings to prostitution. He recently won the 2019 Rory Peck award for news feature camerawork. His first win was the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award for his intimate documentary about Female Genital Mutilation among his Kuria community, “Walk to Womanhood” (2004). Another ground-breaking project was the film “Slum Survivors” (2007) which won an award at the Czech Tur Ostrava film festival. Peter was a producer/ director for Al Jazeera's Africa Investigates strand exposing crime and corruption, including "Spell of the Albino" (2011) and "Zimbabwe's Child Exodus" (2011). "Kenya's Enemy Within" (2015), also for Al Jazeera, revealed the terror threat posed by homegrown al Shabaab Somali militants to Kenya. "I am Samuel" is his feature directorial debut, filmed verite style for five years in his home country of Kenya.