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Stopping Traffic Film won the best picture award at Global Film Festival in Boston 2017. The Festival focuses on movies that make us care. There were movies from all around the world. Movies dealing with an incredible range of topics from illegal organ harvesting in China to a boxing club in Jerusalem to the plight of refugees in Burma.
Rouf and Lara Jacob curated the festival, and the job they and their team did was outstanding. It wasn’t only the films that stood out, but the people. People passionate for causes so few of us know about. People making a difference all over the world and taking the time to document there triumphs and trials.
It is not only a privilege to be involved in the project, but to stand as a team and have other activists support what we have done and say, “this issue must be addressed NOW.”
Please join with us at Give Them A Voice Foundation to speak up for the 27 million people who are forced into slavery every year world wide.
The first of many for you and the team and for everyone else who participated. Everyone who gave their time, talent and treasure to this project in an endeavor to see modern day slavery end once and for all.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US ALL BE HEARD YOU GAVE US A VOICE !!
Stopping Traffic Documentary Is Highlighted by Associate Press and Phillip Marcelo. They have run a great article on the documentary Stopping Traffic that we have had the pleasure of being involved in.
Here are the opening paragraphs, please make sure that you click the links and check out the story and we would love to meet you at the Global Cinema Film Festival in Boston this weekend.
BOSTON (AP) — A new documentary is spotlighting human trafficking across the globe, with a focus on the grassroots activists trying to end the scourge.
“Stopping Traffic” premieres at the Global Cinema Film Festival in the Boston suburb of Belmont on March 11.
The film is the first by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, a 33-year-old Jain monk, Iraq War veteran and child abuse survivor who intends to distribute it free of charge to universities, nonprofits and government agencies.
Shree gives credit to the Republican billionaire for placing an emphasis on human trafficking early in his tenure, but stressed it still remains to be seen what is actually done.
“We need action to back that up,” she said. “We will need a lot of resources, legislation and law enforcement.”
While trafficking is a global issue, it’s also important to remember that America isn’t immune — and that it’s not just foreigners being trafficked, said Stephanie Clark, executive director of Amirah, a Massachusetts nonprofit that helps sexually exploited women but isn’t featured in the film.
“This is an extremely prevalent issue that is right here, hidden in plain sight,” she said.
It’s not just women being trafficked either. Young men and boys are often abused at far higher rates than what’s recorded because many cultures still don’t accept the notion that boys can also be rape victims, said John King, a child abuse survivor and activist in Grapevine, Texas, who is featured prominently in the film.
The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston is set for March 9-12 at Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont.
It will showcases 28 films from around the globe. The red carpet opening event will be 6 p.m. March 9. The Stopping Traffic Film, which we have been privileged to be a part of, airs in the prime spot on Saturday Night March 11th @ 7:30pm, which is really exciting for us.
We will head up there Thursday and stay till Sunday for the award presentation.
An estimated 27 million people are trafficked worldwide every year, delivering an easy $32 billion a year to their enslavers. The Stopping Traffic Film journeys to the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Iraq, and major U.S. cities to provide raw images and first-hand documentation of a crime that prevails across every culture and at all socioeconomic strata. It explore the practices among families, in the streets, and behind closed doors to explain how a child or young adult is groomed to be trafficked, at an average cost to a trafficker of $90, but with a potential to yield thousands. The documentary establish how and why the U.S., with its relative affluence, technological sophistication, and solid tourist industry, has become the greatest source of sex traffickers’ customers.
Finally the film is a call to action, intending to inspire the viewer to join in the movement to seek an end to human trafficking, helping to break the isolation of millions of voiceless victims.
We have had a wonderful response from people asking how they can help us promote the documentary in Boston and in the other locations this year. I think the best way is to email me directly and we can talk about what sort of role you are wanting to play.
Dr John A. King