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The Stephen Frearss film Dirty Pretty Things is a fictional tale that opens ones eyes to aspects of the real world that we never see The artistic starting point of the film appears to be a genuine outrage over the conditions experienced by the most vulnerable and oppressed layers of society the often faceless individuals who do the work we find ourselves above doing for ourselves cab drivers prostitutes hotel workers illegal and undocumented immigrants With the main character and many of the supporting roles playing illegal immigrants the movie sheds light on levels of society that many of us are too naive to acknowledge The quests of Okwe and Senay epitomize to some extent the ordeals faced by thousands of individuals every year seeking the fairytale life that supposedly can only be found living in the West In the United States alone it is estimated that there are currently as many as 10 million undocumented foreign workers In many cases these workers attempts at a better life involve placing themselves in the hands of people smugglers and unfortunately for a significant number this gamble proves fatal Those that arrive in one piece face a bitter struggle to maintain their precarious and vulnerable position in their new society cautiously living beneath the reaches of the law The Frears flick shows what would appear to be genuine sympathy for these oppressed levels of the working class and Dirty Pretty Things plays out an entertaining sequence of events in the lives of a number of characters as they struggle to maintain their existence as refugees and undocumented workers in London The motion picture also helps us in understanding more than one exemplification of literal commodification of the human body a topic that has been brought up in several prior classes and discussions The first notable form of this is Julia a prostitute living in London who frequents the hotel employing Okwe and Senay The second such example
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