The UK’s Current TV has commissioned Grain Media to produce The Forced Marriage Unit, a one-hour documentary that will shine a light on UK federal agency The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU). The film will investigate the cases of British women forced into marriages by their families, following the FMU team during its busiest time of year, the summer holiday months, as it travels to Bangladesh and Pakistan to undertake rescue operations. It will also profile victims of forced marriage and the bounty hunters hired to track down women who have fled. Produced and directed by Orlando von Einsiedel from Grain Media, the doc is partially funded with a grant from the CBA-DFID Project Development Fund and will air on Current TV’s Monday night doc slate in February 2011.
‘On-the-ground access to the FMU allows us to see first-hand what happens to young British women as they go through the terrifying experience of escaping a forced marriage, rather than unpicking the gruesome details of forced marriage crimes and their perpetrators after the event,’ Current TV director of content, Lina Prestwood said in a press release. ‘The vast majority of people from communities where forced marriage occurs do not condone it but when it does happen, the consequences can be tragic and this film tackles a tremendously important human rights issue in the UK.’