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WATCH: "Dirty Pretty Things"

Residing in London, the medically trained Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a Nigerian immigrant working as a taxi driver and a hotel concierge, but he still lives on the edge of poverty. He shares a room with Senay (Audrey Tautou), a Turkish refugee who works as a maid at the hotel. As illegal immigrants, Okwe and Senay live in fear of being deported. One night, Okwe makes a horrifying discovery. He reports it to the manager Sneaky (Sergi Lopez), who blackmails Okwe into staying quiet about it. Okwe soon discovers the presence of a shady business operation that sends him into the seedy London underworld. Senay becomes lured in with hopes of being able to fund her escape to America. 

Introduced by Madhavi Mallapragada, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, with discussion following the screening. Part of the "Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series."

Tue. Dec. 5, 7pm, in CLA 1.302B, Glickman Conference Center. Parking: Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.. Event details here. Free and open to the public. No RSVP needed.

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