BLOOD IN THE MOBILE (documentary, Denmark/Germany, 2010, director: Frank Piasecki Poulsen)
The Documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.
BORN INTO BROTHELS: CALCUTTA’S RED LIGHT KIDS (documentary, USA, 2004, directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman)
A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, BORN INTO BROTHELS is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red light district, where there mothers work as prostitutes. Spurred by the kids' facination with her camera, Zana Briski, a New-York-based photographer living in the brothels and documenting life there, decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids, who society refused to recognize, awaken for the first time to their own talents and sense of worth. Filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski capture the way in which beauty can be found even the seemingly bleakest and most helpless of places, and how art and education can empower children to transform their lives.
CHINA BLUE (documentary, USA, 2005, director: Micha X. Peled)
The film follows the life of Jasmine Li, a young seventeen-year-old worker from Sichuan province, working in a Chinese jeans factory, producing Vigaze Jeans (a company based in Istanbul, Turkey). The documentary discusses both the sweatshop conditions in factories in China and the growing importance of China as an exporting country on a global scale.
CHINA’S STOLEN CHILDREN (documentary, UK, 2007, director: Jezza Neumann)
Beautiful, haunting and deeply tragic, this film takes us into the heart of modern China - a place where girl babies are being sold for as little as £200, detectives specialise in finding kidnapped children and child traffickers buy and sell human lives. The film provides an intimate portrait of the crisis that this stringent government policy has created among China's poorest people.
CHOCOLATE – THE BITTER TRUTH (documentary, UK, 2010, director: Howard Bradburn)
Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon goes undercover as a cocoa trader in West Africa and discovers children as young as seven working long hours on cocoa farms, helping to make the chocolate we love so much. He buys a tonne of cocoa made with child labour, and sees how easy it is to sell it into the supply chain which leads to our high streets. He also helps rescue a 12-year-old boy - trafficked across borders - to pick cocoa as a modern-day slave and reunites him with his mother.
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (drama, UK, 2002, director: Stephen Frears)
Frears' film focuses on the usually unseen world of the capital's illegal immigrants, the invisible people who keep its economy running smoothly. Chiwetel Ejiofor's Nigerian exile Okwe is one such person. By day he drives a minicab; at night he's a porter in a hotel that's home to some shady goings-on. When Okwe stumbles upon the hotel's dirty secret, he is placed in an impossible dilemma. A decent man, how can he do the right thing - given his precarious status - and still protect the people he cares about?
EZRA (feature, France/Nigeria/USA/UK/Austria, 2007, director: Newton Aduaka)
Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. Ezra is structured around the week-long questioning of a 16 year old boy, Ezra, before a version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, created in Sierra Leone in 2002 in the wake of its decade long civil war.
HANOI – WARSAW (feature, Poland, 2009, director: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz)
A young Vietnamese woman finds her way into Poland through the green border. Now she just has to reach Warsaw. Her fiancée is waiting for her there, as is a better life and the fulfillment of all her dreams. Her journey through Poland is hell, full of violence and humiliation. The young girl escapes her traffickers and despite not knowing the language nor having a penny on her, she attempts to reach the capital.
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.
IT’S A FREE WORLD (feature, Spain/Germany/ Poland/UK/Italy, 2007, director: Ken Loach)
Is a drama rooted in the world of illegal employment in contemporary Britain. The story follows ill-educated Angie, who is tired of being messed around by her chauvinistic bosses at the recruitment agency where she finds Polish workers low paid jobs in the UK. When she walks out of her job, she has a point to prove to all those who know her. Angie begins work in a twilight zone between gang masters and employment agencies in a tale set against the background of flexible labour, globalisation, double shifts and lots of happy, happy consumers.
Lilya-4 Ever (director: Lukas Moodysson’s 2002; Produced in Sweden)
Lilja 4-ever is an unremittingly brutal and realistic story of the downward spiral of Lilja, played by Oksana Akinshina, a girl in the former Soviet Union whose mother abandons her to move to the United States. The story is loosely based on a true case and examines the issue of human trafficking and sexual slavery.
LOVERBOY (feature, Sweden/Romania/Serbia, 2011, director: Catalin Mitulescu)
Luca is 20 years old and lives in a small town by the Danube. He seduces girls and sends them to a human trafficking network in the Black Sea port Constanta. His life seems to change when he meets Veli. The sudden death of an ex-girlfriend and his new love for Veli make him wonder whether he should continue or not. To be a loverboy.
MARIA FULL OF GRACE (feature, USA/Columbia/Ecuador, 2004, director: Joshua Maraton)
Maria Alvarez, a teenager living in Bogotá, Colombia. Along with most of the other able-bodied people in her community, she works a perilous job in a flower plantation. She wants to quit, but her large family depends on her meager salary. One day, Maria meets a smooth-talking young man named Franklin. He offers her a business proposition to make some money and travel. However, the task involves her acting as a drug mule and smuggling heroin into the U.S.
MY NAME IS FEKER (documentary, Ethiopia, 2011, director: Orlando von Einsiedel)
Fekekr Asheme has had a very challenging life. At 7 she ran away from a family who did not live her ending up on the streets of the nearby city of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. By 8 she was working in a brothel. Today, aged 19, she has found a way out of prostitution and is trying to rebuild her life. My Name Is Feker retells Feker's story but by following the lives of 3 girls who are living out the life she once led today. Bleak, beautiful and ultimately uplifting the film is an evocative reminder not just about the enduring nature of the human spirit but also about how seemingly chance meetings can have life changing consequences.
PRICE OF SEX (Mimi Chakarova, documentary, Moldova. 2011)
The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear, and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey¬–exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.
Sestre (Sisters) Monte Royal Pictures a Production, Serbia.
The film replays the testimony of young Serbian women, including two sisters who are trapped by Serbian sex traffickers.They are unwittingly trapped by bogus adverts promising a better life in EU countries. By dramatising their stories, the 70-minute film acts as warning to others and helps expose the layers of deception and complicity that allow such crimes to flourish.
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".
Streetwise Kids - Romania (1996) Directed by Journeyman pictures
The shadows of Bucharest hide children sniffing glue from plastic bags; intoxicating themselves dulls hunger pangs and keeps them warm. Teenager, Vali, climbs down a manhole into an underground cave where he sleeps with six other children. Rubble and worn tyres litter the ground. After being beaten up in a children's home, Vali chose a life on the street. Anca Dionese works for Save the Children and spends her nights visiting different groups of street children. She bribes them to give up glue sniffing with second hand clothes. By building up emotional relationships with them, she wins their trust.
Svetlana's Journey (2004)
The film is about a 13 year old Bulgarian girl who is sold into prostitution by her adopted parents. Written and directed by Michael Corey Davis, it gives a gruesome look into the world of child trafficking. New Age Media Concepts reports that four million people around the world are victims of human trafficking, a lucrative business with an estimated annual turnover of at least 15 billion US dollars.
The Day My God Died (2003) Directed by Andrew Levine
The Day My God Died lifts the veil of secrecy on child sex trafficking using footage from the brothels captured with spy camera technology. The film tells the stories of Gina, sold into sexual slavery at age seven, raped by 14 men and beaten with sticks and aluminum rods; Anita, lured by a friend, then drugged and sold to a brothel at age 12, where she was beaten and threatened with being buried alive; Maili, trafficked at age 19 along with her infant daughter who was seized and used as "insurance" to keep Maili from fleeing; and Jyoti, sold at age 12, raped, choked and forced to drink alcohol to break down her resistance.
The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking
The aim of the project 'Journey' is to emphasize that prostitution in slavery and commercial sex is happening closer to home than many think -- sometimes literally around the corner. Emma Thompson who was involved in the project and acted in the film explains that girls and women were often forced into the sex trade by a male relative or family friend who lured them out of the country with job offers. This was the case of Elena, a Moldovan girl who Thompson encountered in 2006 through her work with the Helen Bamber Foundation, an organization that helps abuse victims. Elena was led to the United Kingdom with the promise of a job as a receptionist, but was forced into the sex trade at age 19 after her passport was taken away once she entered the country.
THE TREE WORKERS CASE (documentary,Germany, 2011, director: Daniela Agostini)
The Tree Workers’ Case”, directed by Daniela Agostini and launched officially on 21 September 2012 in Prague. In 2009, more than 1,500 migrant workers, mostly from Vietnam, were lured into work in the forest in the Czech Republic with false promises by middlemen and criminal employment agencies. Around 600 of the victims were EU citizens from Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania, equally deceived and coerced into two to three years of serious exploitation. They received no pay, hardly any food, poor accommodation and have been threatened and intimidated when complaining, leaving them with huge debts.
Tin Girls (2003) Directed by Miguel Bardem
A 55 minute documentary on the trafficking of girls for prostitution from Nepal to India. Tin Girls, one of the Valor Humano (Human Value) series of documentaries produced by Canal Plus, was first inspired by the magazine feature When No Means Never Again, written by Chelo Alvarez with the help of Anjana Shakya, President of HimRights, and published by Planeta Humano magazine, Spain.
YOUR NAME IS JUSTINE (feature, Luxembourg/Poland, 2005, director: Franco de Pena)
While living with her grandmother in Poland, a young woman falls in love. Her boyfriend is charming and suggests they travel around Europe and work here and there to pay for their trip. Unfortunately, the boyfriend isn't as he seems and the young woman is sold as a prostitute when they cross over to Germany. We follow her ordeal as she tries to free herself and to stay sane as time goes by and her captors try to break and condition her to a new life of servitude.
Anonymously Yours (2002) Directed by Gayle Ferraro
After risking her life and footage in Burma, Massachusetts filmmaker Gayle Ferraro returned to bring the sobering tales of Southeast Asian prostitutes to Western audiences. Often traveling to restricted areas to meet their subjects, Ferraro and her crew devised a strategy for disguising the true nature of their visits. "Our whole disguise was tacky tourists. We tried to be as obnoxious as possible everywhere we went to cover for ourselves." Despite their precautions, however, Burmese officials detained Ferraro's group twice -- each time paralyzing the filmmaking team with fear. "I literally had no feelings I was so afraid," Ferraro said of one close call, "I could barely think or talk." But she continued to film. With each interview, Ferraro gained a deeper understanding of the victims of the Myanmar sex trade and the social structures that supported it.
BLACK DIAMOND: FOOL’S GOLD (documentary, France/Belgium/South Africa/Georgia/Qatar/Tunisia/Ivory Coast, 2010, director: Pascale Lamche)
Black Diamond reveals the shameless trade in young African soccer players. The boys – as well as their families – are willing to bring huge sacrifices for a bright future as a professional football player, and to that end, they put their fate in the hands of criminal agents. Human trafficking is carried out for the sake of the worldwide soccer cult. In the old days, it was called slavery; now, it’s called ‘business’, starting off with a local cheapjack and ending with an organized network. Intermediaries attract African boys on false promises about professional football careers in Europe and the Middle East, and bleed their families dry. Once in the plane, their destination is unknown.
Bucharest Express (2001) Directed by Chuck Portz
An American journalist, a mysterious Gypsy woman and a bookkeeper with an inside angle try to stay one step ahead of a gang of ruthless killers as they uncover the horrors of the human trafficking of sex slaves in the Balkans. Young women are being transported to Bucharest with false promises of jobs as dancers and models. Once there, they are traded for heroin, stripped of their passports and shipped to Turkey for a life of prostitution. Countries throughout the former Soviet Union provide a chilling backdrop to a tangled web of corruption, betrayal and romance as this unlikely band of heroes tries to uncover the secrets of the flesh-for-heroin trade. Join them on an edge-of-your-seat adventure with a one-way ticket on the Bucharest Express. Bucharest Express is not a documentary, but rather a hard-hitting mystery that blows the lid off the ruthless trade of young women.
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.
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.
Fields of Mudan (2004) Directed by Steven Chang
In a harrowing fictional account based on all-too-real conditions, the 2006 Academy Awards qualifier written and directed by an FSU film student tells the story of Mudan, a young Chinese girl forced into an Asian underworld of child prostitution and modern-day slavery by a brutal brothel owner. The child's only hope is her dream of a new life in America with her mother.
Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves (1999) Directed by Marie Boti
Starting from the case of Flor Contemplacion, the Philippine maid hanged in Singapore for the killing of her abusive employer, this film shows the human and sometimes tragic side of this organized labor trade: failed marriages, family break ups, and exploitation and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous employers. The film also takes us to a shelter in Saudi Arabia where abused domestics seek refuge. These women will ultimately return home penniless.
The Philippine government sponsors training courses for young women to become nightclub dancers abroad, and facilitates their transportation. When it comes to human rights violations, however, the government is reluctant to pressure foreign governments for fear of losing revenue. This leaves women migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation.
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.
Not My Life" (2010) Directed by: Robert Bilheimerhttp://notmylife.org/
Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, 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.
Promised Land (2004) Directed by Amos Gitai
It is night in the Sinai desert. A group of men and women keep warm around a campfire under the moonlight. The women speak Russian, they come from the East. The men are Bedouins, who normally tend their herds in the vicinity. Tomorrow, if everything goes well, they will secretly cross the border.
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.
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.
Sex Traffic (2004) Directed by David Yates
A powerful new drama that weaves stories from around the world into one bold narrative, revealing how the trafficking of young women into sexual slavery is operating in cities throughout Europe, right here and right now.
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.
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.
Trading Women (2002) Directed by David Feingold, narrated by Angelina Jolie
Trading Women enters the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians. Filmed in Burma, China, Laos, and Thailand, this is the first film to follow the trade in women in all its complexity and to consider the impact of this 'far away' problem on the global community.
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, the documentary investigates the trade in minority girls and women from the hill tribes of Burma, Laos and China, into the Thai sex industry. Filmed on location in China, Thailand and Burma, Trading Women follows the trade of women in all its complexity, entering the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex-workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians. The film also explores the international community's response to the issue.
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.
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.
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.