Secondary School student Santosh lives at home with his disabled mother in a small village in Goa, India. On weekdays, he tries to balance schoolwork with the desire to get a girlfriend. Fortunately, Santosh is a diligent student and is easily best in his class. Unfortunately, he lives in the same house as homeowner shark Juze, who wants Santosh to work for him rather than attend school. Juze refrains from paying wages for the work rendered, but in return does not throw Santosh and his mother out on the streets. In this little village, Juze owns all the houses, and his word is law.

Juze is a story of contemporary slavery that depicts a completely different picture of the holiday paradise of Goa than previously shown. Perhaps someone who has no choice picks the coconut you buy on the beach? As a Norwegian, it is impossible to prevent your mind from wandering down that path, but Director Miransha Naik has hardly produced this, his debut film, to lecture Western tourists on Fairtrade. Juze's life situation could easily have been dramatised as a melodramatic enlightenment, but the director has approached this in a more subtle way. It never feels as if the movie is trying to force an opinion upon the viewer, and you are left to draw your own conclusions. We look forward to seeing what more director Miransha Naik has to offer in the future.



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