Rites Undone is a short documentary tracing the journey of Nigerian victims of sex-trafficking in Italy. The film investigates the psychological methods of control used by sex-traffickers, and explores the challenges faced by European mental health workers trying to provide treatment across cultural and religious divides.

An excerpt of the film is made available here, and the full film will soon be made freely available for viewing on the website, ritesundonefilm.com, and on the Hidden Persuaders website.


Director: Naomi Richman

Producers: Eddie Bolger & Bartek Dziadosz

Production date: 2021


About the filmmakers:

Naomi Richman is a postdoctoral researcher on the Hidden Persuaders project and an anthropologist whose work explores themes of religion, sexuality and abuse.

Eddie Bolger is a producer at the Derek Jarman Lab and a filmmaker working across documentary, fiction and educational productions.

Bartek Dziadosz is the director of the Derek Jarman Lab which specialises in using filmmaking as a tool for exploring and communicating research.

Read the director’s statement by Naomi Richman on the Hidden Persuaders blog.

Find out more on the website ritesundonefilm.com