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CARGO

CARGO
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On 26 August 2015, a human trafficker convoy transports 71 refugees in a truck through Hungary and lets them suffocate to death.

In a dark forest near the border in southern Hungary, 71 refugees wait to be loaded into a small cargo truck. Their destination: Germany, which tragically, they will never see. As the convoy starts driving, the air in the cargo area runs low and the people inside start knocking and screaming. The driver, under pressure to complete the transport at any price, is overwhelmed by the situation and makes one wrong decision after another. The audience witnesses the incredible injustice and together with the refugees prays that the driver will finally open the cargo door. But eventually it goes quiet in the cargo area.

The true story is based on the cell phone protocols of the human traffickers published in 2017.


Christina Tournatzés is also active as a writer and producer. Her films as a director include: the short films HELLO BROOKLYN (2015), WENN ICH MAL GROSS BIN (2017), and CARGO (2019).
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2019
Director Christina Tournatzés
Screenplay Christina Tournatzés
Cinematography Alexander Gruber
Cast Ovanes Torosyan, Yordan Danchev, Zainab Alsawah, Nóra Mohi, Bader Khlifi
Producers Matthias Nerlich, Felix Parson, Christoph Hermann
Co-Producers Claudia Gladziejewski, Pattricia D'Intino, Leo Pintér
Production Company Südhang Films, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Good Kids Productions
Length 15 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 Bulgarian, Arabic, English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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