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Iska's Journey

A film by Csaba Bollok. Hungary, 2007.

Sunday, March 08, 2009
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
1409 Melnitz Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Screening and discussion with Gail Kligman, Professor of Sociology and CEES Director, UCLA, and Martina Vandenberg, attorney and author of the Human Rights Watch report Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking in Women and Girls to Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution.

Iska’s Journey tells the harrowing story of a twelve-year-old girl who shows courage in the face of harsh poverty, only to succumb eventually to its ravages.  It brutally exhibits the cruel conditions under which millions of women and children are preyed upon by the prostitution trade. In her decaying mining town in Romania, Iska (Mária Varga) scavenges for scrap metal under deplorable conditions – a practice rife in the aging grey industrialized areas of Eastern Europe.  Shot with a hand-held 35mm camera by veteran cinematographer Francisco Gózon, Iska’s Journey eschews a straightforward plot, emotional grandstanding or easy moral messages, lending the film an authentic, documentary feel. The result is a moving portrayal of the ravages of one girl’s world and the corrupt people for whom she is nothing but currency.


This film is part of the UCLA International Institute's International Human Rights Film Series. Learn more at

Reception at 2:30 PM

Cost : Free and open to the public

Download file: International-Human-Rights-Film-Series-Poster.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA International Institute, Gender Studies, UCLA Iris Cantor Women's Health Center and the American Medical Women's Association.

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