Release date:October 21, 2011
Screenwriters:Yan Vizinberg, Lee Peterkin
Starring:Natasha Rinis, Sayed Badreya, Philip Willingham
Human Trafficking – Every year nearly 18,000 women and children are smuggled into the United States as slaves; That number rises to over 2.5 million worldwide. "Cargo" tells the story of a young Russian woman, smuggled into America by human traffickers, and a notorious Egyptian transporter, hired to drive her from the Mexican border to New York City. In her breakout debut performance, Natasha Rinis plays a young Russian lured to the United States by the false promise of a modeling career. Vizinberg puts us in Natasha's world: the brutal intimidation; the hours of isolation; the hopelessness reinforced by watching other women give in; the sudden explosive shocks; the disorientation. Without identity or a country to protect her, she will succeed or fail to preserve her freedom alone. This tiny Russian girl does everything in her power to break the bondage she foolishly stepped into. Natasha's transporter Sayed seems an impenetrable adversary. A devout Muslim who stops to pray five times a day, he gradually emerges as something of a prisoner himself, rigidly honorable as a Muslim, and compelled by love for his family and in his obligation to rescue them from poverty in Egypt.