10 SONGS FOR CHARITY
by Karin Junger
The Netherlands/Belgium/Nigeria, 2021, 114'
Beaten and hardened by life in a Nigerian ghetto, Charity leaves for Europe to work as an illegal prostitute, in pursuit of her dream of becoming rich. She is saddled with her younger sister Happy, whom she ruthlessly initiates into the world of prostitution. Happy resists her fate, jeopardizing Charity's dream. Together with other undocumented women they endure hardships, exploitation and humiliation with resilience and song, until one day it all becomes too much and they revolt, singing their fury from the rooftops.
Cast & Crew
With: Ijeoma Grace Agu, Omoteniola Famodimu, Morganna Love Aleizah, Shirma Rouse (BON BINI HOLLAND), La Baby Jacqueline Morales.
Production company: De Productie (NL)
Producer: Annemiek van Gorp, René Goossens
Karin Junger grew up in (French speaking) Belgium and lives presently in The Netherlands. She went to the European School in Brussels, then studied French literature and Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in film science. With her first documentary, BIRTHPLACE UNKNOWN, about her adopted Korean sisters, she won the Joris Ivens Award at the 1988 International Documentary FF Amsterdam (IDFA). In the following years she continued to make documentaries with a strong sense of urgency and commitment to human and social issues like MIXED FEELINGS, about an interracial love affair in South Africa (opening film Margaret Mead Festival New York, Special Jury award at the Parnu International Anthropology Festival 1992) and GOD IS MY CO-PILOT about the meaning of religion on a US flight carrier during the Kosovo war (IDFA competition 2000). In 2017 she finished the documentary ME ALONE in the CLASSROOM about her own coloured children, showing in re-enactment how they deal with their colour in a predominantly white society. She started to explore fiction and with her first short fiction GREAT! about the first sexual experience of a suburb girl, she won the Silver Bear for best short feature at the Berlinale in 2004. In 2006 she made her first full length feature BOLLETJES BLUES (Gangsta Blues) an urban musical about a drug dealer in love. The film was released by Buenavista International, shown in many foreign film festivals, won a Golden Calf for Best Music and was nominated for Best Scenario, Best Main Actor and Production Design 2006 in the Netherlands. Her work has been shown at many major international film festivals like IFFR, Tribeca, Margaret Mead Film Festival New York, Cinema du Réel, Berlinale, Chicago, and others.