Human Cargo

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Human Cargo
Also known as "Third World"
Genre Drama
Written by
Directed by Brad Turner
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 3
Location(s) Cape Town, South Africa
Production company(s) Force Four Entertainment
Original network CBC Television
Original release 4 January 2004

Human Cargo is a 2004 Canadian television miniseries. The series won seven Gemini Awards and two Directors Guild of Canada Awards. It premiered on CBC Television on January 4, 2004 and starred Kate Nelligan, Cara Pifko, and Nicholas Campbell.

The series was written by Linda Svendsen and Brian McKeown.


The miniseries explores the issue of immigration and refugees who flee to Canada after 9/11 and the people who sacrifice their lives to help or hinder them. The series features six intersecting stories focusing on the crises of refugees, set in different locations: four Honduran boys are found dead in a produce truck at the Canada-U.S. border crossing; a dedicated refugee lawyer Jerry Fischer is forced to choose between his family, work, and life when he becomes involved with an Afghani woman's refugee claim; and ambitious right-wing politician Nina Wade finds her career end disastrously after a federal by-election that moves her into a position at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

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