Best Films on human trafficking

الأحد، 26 مايو، 2013

" The Whistleblower" (2010)
Directed by: Larysa Kondracki

Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Directed by first time filmmaker Larysa Kondracki, the film also stars Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn.



" Not My Life"  (2010)
Directed by: Robert Bilheimer

Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Lifeunflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry whose profits, as the film's narration says, "are built on the backs and in the beds of our planet's youth."
While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world,Not My Life zeroes in on the fact that the vast majority of trafficking and slavery victims are indeed children. This fundamental truth, says the film's director, Oscar® nominee Robert Bilheimer, raises profound questions about the very nature of our civilization. "What kind of society cannibalizes its own children?" Bilheimer asks. "Can we do these sorts of things on such a large scale and still call ourselves human in any meaningful sense of the term?"

Not My Life features dignified and inspiring testimony from survivors; depictions of trafficking, exploitation, and slavery in all parts of the world including forced labor in Africa; street begging and garbage picking in India; sexual trafficking in the United States and Southeast Asia; and various forms of child enslavement and abuse in both North and South America.



"Lonely Pack" (2010)

Directed by: Justin Peach/Lisa Engelbach

Together with other children, the eleven year old Sonu lives on the streets of Katmandu. Their daily routine is a fight to survive in the chaotic capital of Nepal: always on the prowl for food, drugs, charitable tourists and what they seek most - as small boys do anywhere- is fun and adventure. The life of Sonu and his pack is shaped by hunger and violence but is also filled with childlike moments of freedom on the streets!


Forced Prostitution: Exploited, Abused and Harmed(2010)
Available only in German

The Viennese channel, W24 produced a documentary on forced prostitution and human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The documentary shows the situation of survivors of trafficking and how they were lured into an exploitative situation. Additionally different stakeholders from the anti-trafficking movement are portrayed to show their work and the full spectrum of actors.


Redlight (2009)

Directed by Guy Jacobson, Adi Ezroni and Charles Kiselyak

Narrated by Lucy L  iu, REDLIGHT is a powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world.

Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia. 


Using footage smuggled out of brothels and harrowing testimonials, REDLIGHT follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves.  Some are trying to regain entry into Cambodian society to find some semblance of normality after their horrific experiences. Other stories highlight the plight of victims who are attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. Their torturous yet ultimately heroic battles to find witnesses and take brothel owners to court are dramatically brought to life in this topical and moving feature documentary.


Call + Response (2008)

Directed by Justin Dillon

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world's 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.

Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.


Taken (2008)
Directed by Pierre Morel, Written by Luc Besson

This poigant film tells the tale of an ex-CIA "Preventer" skilled in hand to hand combat who must rescue his daughter after she is kidnapped during her Paris vacation by human trafficking|sex-traffickers. Liam Neeson delivers a touching performance and once again shed light on this shameful crime that is human trafficking.


Virgin Harvest (2008)
Directed by Charles Kiselyak

A touching documentary about child trafficking and prostitution from the POV of the victims (girls and boys some as young as 3 years old). Hard hitting with incredible access. Filmed in Cambodia with real undercover footage inside operating brothels, this film exposes the plight of more then 2 million kids worldwide through the intimate yet astonishing story of some of the victims.






" The Jammed" (2007)

Directed by: Dee McLachlan

Based on actual cases from court transcripts, this movie about an unassuming woman who helps rescue three sex slaves from a brothel in Melbourne is a social thriller that was considered the best Australian film of 2007. It won a sweep of awards across the country and was instrumental in raising awareness about the dark issue of trafficking and sexual servitude in Australia.






Trapped (2007)

Directed by Anja Dalhoff

Over the past years many European countries have seen a sharp increase in the number of Nigerian women involved in prostitution. The overwhelming majority of these women are victims of human trafficking. Joy and Anna were both trafficked from Nigeria to Denmark. In this documentary Joy and Anna tell their horrifying stories and thus reveal the suffering endured by many trafficked women, as they are coerced into prostitution, constantly threatened by unscrupulous criminal networks and systematically treated as criminals rather than victims by the social authorities.

Sacrifice (2007)

Directed by Ellen Bruno

Each year thousands of young girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in the sex industry in neighboring Thailand. Held for years in debt bondage in illegal Thai brothels, they suffer extreme abuse by pimps, clients, and the police. The trafficking of Burmese girls has soared in recent years as a direct result of political repression in Burma. Human rights abuses, war and ethnic discrimination has displaced hundreds of thousands of families, leaving families with no means of livelihood. An offer of employment in Thailand is a rare chance for many families to escape extreme poverty. 
Sacrifice examines the social, cultural, and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls into prostitution in Thailand. It is the story of the valuation and sale of human beings, and the efforts of teenage girls to survive a personal crisis born of economic and political repression.


Amazing Grace (2007)
Directed by Michael Apted, Written by Steven Knight
Amazing Grace, based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, is directed by Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Coal Miner's Daughter) from an original screenplay written by Academy Award® nomineeSteven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things). The film stars Ioan Gruffudd ( Black Hawk Down)... more




TRADE (2007)

Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner
When 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), sets off on a desperate mission to save her. 
Trapped by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl's abductors, he meets Ray (Kevin Kline), a Texas cop whose own family loss leads him to become an ally. 
From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret internet sex slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they frantically pursue Adriana's kidnappers before she is sold and disappears into a brutal underworld from which few victims ever return. 
Inspired by Peter Landesman's chilling NY Times Magazine story on the U.S. sex trade, "The Girls Next Door," TRADE is a thrilling story of courage and a devastating expose of one of the world's most heinous crimes.



Cargo Innocence Lost (2007)

Directed by Michael Cory Davis
A compelling documentary, Cargo: Innocence Lost, unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking through compelling interviews with some of the country's top officials on the subject, victims' advocates and victims themselves, who were rescued in Texas. Award-winning director and writer, Michael Cory Davis (Svetlana's Journey, Hollywood Film Festival 2005 winner, best short), makes his second directorial foray into this must-see, thought-provoking film that is interwoven with a raw, intense narrative based on numerous true stories from victims of the sex trade. Cargo: Innocence Lost explores how the business of sex trafficking has become a $9 billion dollar a year industry and why it still remains a shrouded crime in our nation.


Gate Keeper (2007)

Directed by John Carlos Frey
A true to life drama bassed on US Border Patrol and D.E.A. reports highlighting human, labor, and drug trafficking.










Modern Slavery (2007)

Directed by Thomas Robsahm and Tina Davis
An encounter with people living under extremely restricted conditions, in Mexico, Russia, Brazil and Oslo. The film is also a critical investigation of the negative consequences of neoliberal economical politics. The project examines the claim that it's in the interest of certain economical and social forces to preserve modern slavery, and that these forces are supported by corrupt authorities and indirect participation by multinational companies.



Not for Sale (2007)

Directed by Robert Marcarelli
The Documentary, based on the book Not For Sale by David Batstone, covers what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad. Traveling over 120,000 miles across five continents, Producer and Director Robert Marcarelli and his film crew gathered undercover footage on this billion-dollar industry and interviewed the heroes that are determined to see it end. Not only does the film expose harsh realities, but it also breathes new hope into the issue by documenting the valiant work of contemporary emancipators and the practical steps they've taken to mount an anti-slavery movement. Stories told by the people who've lived them, these compelling accounts aim to inspire individuals to practical action. It's time the world knew the realities of slavery. It's time to spread the word that a new era for Abolitionists is at hand.



Lives for Sale (2007)

Directed by Larry Rich
A one-hour investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human side of illegal immigration - including the growing black market trade in human beings.










Sold children - Albania (2007)

Directed by Journeyman pictures
Since the 1990s, an average of one child a week has vanished in Albania. Locals suspect the children are being sold abroad. There are even claims they're being abducted for their organs. "The danger of abduction is always there", laments a school warden. He takes the threat so seriously, the school gates are manned at all times. Nasim Greka sold newborn babies for adoption in Greece. "We made maybe 20,30 deals at the most".



Daryl Hannah's human trafficking documentary (2006)

When most famous actors or actresses wear disguises, it's to hide themselves from over-zealous fans or the relentless paparazzi. But when Hollywood actress, Daryl Hannah, conceals her identity, it's because her life could be in danger. That's because Daryl is going undercover to document the disturbing truth about modern-day slavery. Experts say most of today's slaves are women and children, forced against their will to have sex with as many as 40 men per day.




Kurz davor ist es passiert (2006)

Directed by Anja Salomonowitz








All the Invisible Children (2005)

Directed by Joh Woo
Seven young freedom fighters, heavily armed, are covering ground looking for the enemy. At twenty-one their leader is the eldest. Tanza is twelve and has joined this group after witnessing the massacre of his family. While bathing in a river in the middle of the forest, trying to forget their lives as soldiers for a while, they are unaware that in a short time one of them will be dead and one will be sent to blow up a school, where in a few hours other children just like them will be arriving.






Human Trafficking (2005)

Directed by Christian Duguay
Every day, women and children are enslaved - kidnapped or sold into sex-trafficking rings. This is a tough, uncompromising drama about the brutal realities faced by some of them, and the rookie immigration agent who, with the help of her boss and his team, works to bust the ring she uncovers and get its victims to safety. This emotional tale of survival and justice is a must-see, as it exposes the horror stories that could happen in any neighborhood - including yours.





Trafficked (2005)

Directed by Luigi Acquisto
Acquisto is currently in post-production on Trafficked, a one hour documentary for SBS on the subject of sex trafficking from S.E. Asia into Australia. Trafficked tells the story of a former Australian Federal Police officer, Chris Payne's ongoing investigation into the fate of two young Thai girls trafficked to Australia: Nikki, a thirteen year old Thai girl found in a Sydney brothel in 1995, and, Phuongtong Simpalee, a 27 year old Thai woman who died in custody at the Villawood Detention centre in 2000. The film will follow Chris Payne as he investigates stories of women and children caught up in prostitution's 'trade routes' in Australia, Thailand and Cambodia. Payne is a former Australian Federal Police officer who headed a special task force formed to combat sex trafficking in the mid 1990s.

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