New film brings human trafficking to silver screen ‘Not my Life’ (videos)
“Not my Life” documentary brings awareness to human trafficking
A new film premiered in New York on January 19, 2011, “Not my Life.” The film brings awareness to human trafficking which, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, has become an enterprise worth an estimated $32 billion. Directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer and narrated by actress Ashley Judd, “Not my Life’ was filmed on five continents and took over four years to complete. According to the official release, “Not my Life” is the first documentary film to depict the depravity of human trafficking as it affects the world.
Director Robert Bilheimer statement
Director Robert Bilheimer released a statement regarding the film which aims to put a spotlight on human trafficking and slavery, “Not My Life probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery– multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film’s narration says, “on the backs and in the beds of our planet’s youth.”
He continued, “It is impossible to spend four years among the victims and survivors of these crimes– virtually all of them children– and emerge with anything other than a sense of sheer and utter horror. If there is a heart of darkness, I believe without question that the unrelenting, unpunished, and craven exploitation of millions of human beings for labor, sex, and hundreds of sub-categories thereof is simply the most appalling and damaging expression of so-called human civilization we have ever seen.”
UN.Gift, UNODC, UNICEF support human trafficking film “Not my Life”
The film is supported by the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov released a statement regarding the film and its purpose, “Not My Life presents a harrowing story of a world which far too many people are exposed to and trapped in.
It is a world in which people’s lives are torn apart and one which each and every one us needs to be aware of and work towards eradicating. Ruined lives, stolen childhoods, and people robbed of their dignity – we cannot allow traffickers to continue their pattern of destruction.”
In addition to Un.GIFT, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) support the film.
“Not my Life” trailer, videos
You may view the trailer to “Not my Life” and clips from the film in the video player to the left. You may also find ways to get involved and help end modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms at the site: End Slavery Now
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