Forced Marriage Unit

A gripping investigation into the growing phenomenon of forced marriages

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel

“This film would have been impossible without the fantastic support of WorldView. We had set ourselves a very ambitious task – to follow the work of the Forced Marriage Unit for a year in a series of countries – and the budget we had secured from a TV channel was nowhere near enough to make the film we wanted to make. The team at WorldView are an absolute pleasure to work with and this film would not have been the success it was without their belief in us from the start”
 Orlando von Einsiedel


According to most definitions, a marriage becomes ‘forced’ if any coercion – physical or psychological – is used against either spouse in order to force them to consent. This is by no means the same as an arranged marriage, which occurs with the full consent of both parties. A Home Office report two years ago suggested that more than 3,000 young women in Britain are the victims of forced marriages each year. Part current-affairs investigation, part character study, the film follows the lives of the victims of forced marriage, those that have escaped and those involved in helping them begin new lives with new identities. With unrivalled access, the filmmakers planted themselves within the Forced Marriage Unit in the UK and their partner offices in Bangladesh and Pakistan to reveal the work of the unit as well as following new and existing cases as they unfold – including a series of rescues.


“Fascinating”– The Sunday Times
“Startling… heartbreaking” – Daily Mail – Best Documentary of the Week
“Gripping”– Radio Times – Pick of the Week

 Coverage in The Guardian