Imagine leaving everything you have, everyone you know, everyone you love, behind. Having to cross half a continent on foot, atop freight trains, inside truck trailers. Swimming across wild rivers. Crossing borders illegally. Walking across the Arizona desert. Being shot at, robbed and beaten. Raped. Surviving it all. Crossing into the USA, after life in the poorest parts of Central America. Succeeding. Now. In the “promised” land, you don’t belong, legally; or socially. You don’t understand the language. No one knows you arrived, no one knows you exist. Imagine…. being Nobody. Then imagine a bag being shoved over your head. Getting your clothes stripped from you. Getting tossed in a closed room with a dozen others. A loaded gun is pointed at your head. You are forced to call back home and beg for money, a ransom for your life.
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This Finnish drama film, directed by Tiina Lymi, tells the story of a childless career woman and a girl on the run away from the girl’s grandmother. The director, screenwriter and producer and most of the actors in this film are all women.
Sam, a soldier who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq, meets Amira when he visits her uncle, Bassam, who had served as Sam’s Iraqi translator. Bassam and Sam have a special bond due to their time together in the war. Initially Amira does not trust him because he was an American soldier and her brother was killed by a bomb from American troops in the war. Sam’s cousin, Charlie, asks Sam to help him with illegal hedge funds unbeknownst to Sam at the time. Amira is staying with her uncle Bassam since her father died. She sells bootlegged films on the street corner but is forced to stay with Sam after getting busted; immigration officials begin pursuing her. As the film progresses, Sam and Amira fall in love.
Susan, struggling to cope in her new marriage to police officer Mike, is missing the luxurious lifestyle provided by her ex-husband and successful attorney Dillard. His riches, however, are soon challenged as he becomes the target of scam artist Charles Brown. Meanwhile, the bond of two best friends from childhood is threatened by challenges faced within their social club, pressures from work, and temptations. My Side Piece is a drama driven love rectangle: exposing lust, greed and betrayal. Directed and produced by Dewey Allen.