A Woman Captured

Fast Forward 2018 / Projections:
11/12/2018 / 17h30 / CIC ‘Budo Tomović’ – Dodest Scene / Podgorica
13/12/2018 / 19h00 / CC Berane / Berane
13/12/2018 / 20h00 / Cinema Boka / Kotor

ZarobljenaBernadett Tuza-Ritter, Hungary, 2017, 89`

Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Screenplay: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Editor: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Starring: Condola Rashad, Sarah Goldberg, Will Janowitz, Sathya Sridharan
Producers: Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka Kiss, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly


An incredible movie about the women who has been kept as slave in the heart of contemporary Europe. Director Bernadet Tuza Ritter accidentally heard about her when her ‘mistress’ Eta told her that she had a slave. She asked for permission to film her, and Eta allowed her for exchange of 300 euros per month. Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day, without getting paid. Her personal documents were taken from her by her oppressors, and she is not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in. The presence of the camera helps her realize she isn’t completely alone. She begins to relax and to show signs of trust. She gathers her courage and reveals her plan: ‘I am going to escape!’ The film follows her heroic journey back to freedom.

About the author

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is Hungarian independent filmmaker and editor specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. As editor, she was engaged on numerous international projects, short movies and documentaries. During 2013, she worked on project ‘Cinetrain – Russian Winter’ which won the prize of audience at the Vision du Reel Festival of documentary film. She is member of HSE and Hungarian Film Academy. Her first feature length documentary ‘A Woman Captured’ premiered in IDFA 2017 Main Competition in Amsterdam. After that world premiere, it was selected for competition programme of World documentary film at the Sandens Film Festival in January 2018, being the first Hungarian feature length documentary ever competing at this Festival. Tuza-Ritter is especially interested in experimenting with film language and pushing the boundaries between fiction and documentary.

Festivals and awards

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2017 (The Netherlands)
Athens International Film Festival 2018 (Greece) – Best Documentary award
Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2018 (USA)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2018 (USA)
DocAviv Film Festival 2018 (Israel)
Dokufest 2018 (Kosovo) – Human Rights Dox prize
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2018 (USA)
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2018 (Luxembourg)
Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2018 (United Kingdom)
Sundance Film Festival 2018 (USA)
ZagrebDox 2018 (Hrvatska) – Movies That Matter Award
Free Zone 2018 (Serbia)