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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.

Human Cargo
Also known as"Third World"
Written by
Directed byBrad Turner
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3
Production location(s)Cape Town, South Africa
Production company(s)Force Four Entertainment
Original networkCBC Television
Original release4 January 2004

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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