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Documentaries

Title Director and Distributor Image Availability Summary Website
Unchosen Modern Day Slavery Short Film Competition (2014) Director: Various
Distributor: Independent
Some short films are available online through the website; others are still touring the UK. Unchosen is a charity that raises awareness of human trafficking through film.  The 2014 film competition addressed the issue of forced labour while 2013 explored human trafficking. unchosen.org.uk
Fisher of Kids (2013) Director: Steven Keen
Distributor: International Human Rights Group
Contact the director about watching the film here: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Critically acclaimed and visually stunning, Fisher of Kids portrays the life of James Kofi Annan.  After escaping slavery in the Ghanaian fishing industry, Kofi Annan went on to become a successful business man before devoting his life to campaigning for child rights in Ghana. fisherofkids.com/..
Honor Diaries (2013) Director: Micah Smith
Distributor:  The Clarion Project
Out on DVD and available on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. Breaking the silence on honour violence against women and girls, well known women’s rights activists come together to teach that culture is no excuse for abuse. 61 mins honordiaries.com
Arranged Marriage (2012) Producer: Jane Worthington
Distributor:  SBS Insight
Available online from the SBS. Explores the difference between arranged marriage and forced marriage how the practices interact with Australian law and culture.  52 mins. sbs.com.au/..
Half the Sky (2012) Director: Maro Chermayeff
Distributor:  Docurama
Out on DVD and available on iTunes.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide follows the journey of six well known actresses as they meet inspiring individuals working to empower women and girls around the world.  This four hour series will inspire you with stories of resilience, courage and hope. halftheskymovement.org/..
The Harvest (2011) Director: U. Roberto Romano Can purchase the DVD from the Cinema Libre Store:
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In America each year, more than 400,000 children will find themselves working in farms to support the agriculture industry.  This film follows the lives of three children as they travel around America working on the harvest to support their families. 80mins theharvestfilm.com
Not My Life (2011) Director: Robert Bilheimer
Distributor:  Worldwide Documentaries and Riverbank Studios
DVD available to buy on website.
Rent on Amazon – Instant Video
Filmed across five continents and a dozen countries, Not My Life tells the story of child slavery and trafficking for practices such as forced labour, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence and child soldiering. 84 mins notmylife.org
Sex Slavery (2011) Director: Four Corners
Distributor:  ABC
Available online from the ABC website. This joint Four Corners and The Age investigation shines a light on the issue of sex trafficking in Australia. Presenter Sally Neighbour travels from Melbourne’s brothels to Asia to draw attention to the issue of supply and demand, and ask the question, ‘what are authorities doing to end the trade?’  45 mins. abc.net.au/..
Lonely Pack (2010) Director: Justin Peach and Lisa Engel Bach
Distributor:  Independent
Available to rent online or buy on website. Uses the technique of direct cinema – no narrator, no music, no staging – to show you what everyday life of a child living on the streets of Kathmandu is like.  48 mins. justinpeach.de/..
At the End of Slavery (2010) Director: Ted Haddock
Distributor:  International Justice Movement
DVD available for purchase on website. Shot on location, this documentary takes you inside the brothels of the Philippines and the brick kilns of India to expose the business of modern day slavery. attheendofslavery.com
The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010) Director: Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano
Distributor:  Bastard Film & TV
Available on Youtube. The Ivory Coast in West Africa produces more than 40 percent of the world’s cocoa, but who does the work?  In The Dark Side of Chocolate we are given insight to the world of child trafficking and slavery that carries the global chocolate industry. thedarksideofchocolate.org
Modern Slavery (2009) Director: Thomas Robsham and Tina Davis
Distributor:  Speranza Film Production
Not available online. This documentary explores the lives of former slaves in Uganda, Moldova, India, Cambodia and France and their attempts to establish new lives now they are free. firsthandfilms.com/..
Red Light, Green Light (2009) Director: Michelle and Jared Brock
Distributor:  Hope Films
Soon to be released on DVD.  See their website for more details. Two filmmakers travel around the world seeking to answer the question, “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” redlightgreenlightfilm.com
Affected for Life (2009) Director: Anja Dalhoff
Distributor:  United Nations on Drugs and Crime
Available online at their website. Can be used in the delivery of training or as a wider awareness-raising tool.  The UNODC has developed a long version of the film for specialised agencies combatting human trafficking and a short version to raise awareness on the issues around trafficking. unodc.org/..
Call + Response (2008) Director: Justin Dillon
Distributor:  Fair Trade Pictures
Available to buy from website or Amazon This documentary not only exposes the reality of modern day slavery, but combines music and the anti-slavery movement to ask “What will your response be?”  86 mins. madeinafreeworld.com/..
Traffic (2008) Director: Wayne Yates
Distributor:  MTV Exit
Available online at their website. The stories of a myriad of people affected by human trafficking provide insight into human trafficking and what we can do about it.  Traffic not only gives a voice to the victims of trafficking, but also to the people who facilitate and fight the crime.  24 mins. cultureunplugged.com/..
Trapped (2007) Director: Anja Dalhoff
Distributor:  Journeyman Pictures
DVD and download available on website From the slums of Lagos, Nigeria to Europe and back again, Anna and Joy face sexual exploitation, debt bondage, death threats and criminal charges.  In its depiction of the fear that plagues victims of human trafficking, this documentary also reveals the shortcomings of Europe’s justice system which inadvertently facilitates trafficking by punishing its victims.     52 mins. journeyman.tv/..
Cargo Innocence Lost (2007) Director: Michael Cory Davis
Distributor:  The Journey Film Group
Available to purchase on website and to rent on Amazon Instant Video. This documentary explores the breadth of the sex trafficking industry in the United States by interweaving interviews with some of America’s top officials with narratives based on the true stories of victims.  74 mins. cargoinnocencelost.com
Trading Women (2003) Director: David A. Feingold
Distributor:  Documentary Educational Resources
Available to purchase on its website. One of the first documentaries to explore all aspects of human trafficking of women, including its effect on the global community and connection with the drug trade.  Narrated by Angelina Jolie, this documentary is focused on human trafficking in south-east Asia.  77 mins. der.org/..

Feature Films

Title Director Image Availability Summary Website
12 Years a Slave (2013) Director: Steve McQueen
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Out on DVD.
Available to rent or buy on Amazon or iTunes.
Set in America prior to the Civil War, 12 Years a Slave portrays the true story of a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery.  Critically acclaimed and winner of three Academy Awards, this film features an all-star cast.  134 mins. 12yearsaslave.com
Not Today (2012) Director: Jon Van Dyke
Distributor: Friends Media
Out on DVD.
Available on Amazon and iTunes.
While backpacking around India, 20 year old Caden is exposed to the world of human trafficking when he discovers that a beggar he refused to help has sold his daughter into slavery.  The movie was produced by an American Christian congregation committed to ending human trafficking in India. nottodaythemovie.com
The Whistleblower (2010) Director: Larysa Kandracki
Distributor: Samuel Goldridge Films
Out on DVD.
Available on Amazon or iTunes.
Based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, an American police officer who joined the United Nations as a peacekeeper in Bosnia.  Bolkovac’s hopes of rebuilding a war torn country are dashed when she is instead exposed to a high profile human trafficking ring involving diplomats and UN officials.  112 mins. thewhistleblower-movie.com
Taken (2008) Director: Pierre Morel
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Out on DVD.
Available on Amazon or iTunes.
93 minsAn action-packed film following an ex-CIA officer on the search for his daughter after she is kidnapped by sex-traffickers on a holiday in Paris.  The film sheds light on the crime of human trafficking and the horrors associated with it. imdb.com/title/tt0936501/
The Jammed (2007) Director: Dee McLachlan
Distributor: Titan View
Out on DVD. When a Chinese mother arrives in Melbourne to search for her daughter, it is clear that Australia is not immune to the trade of human trafficking.  Sold into slavery in their home country, or brought to Australia under false pretences, The Jammed follows three women’s experiences of sex trafficking to Australia.  Based on true events. 89 mins. thejammed.com
Amazing Grace (2007) Director: Michael Apted
Distributor: Bristol Bay Productions
Out on DVD.
Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video.
Based on the true story of William Wilberforce, whose tireless campaigning brought an end to the slave trade in Britain.  Although Wilberforce campaigned in the early 19th Century, the message of perseverance and dedication to fight injustice rings true for the anti-slavery movement today.   110 mins. amazinggracemovie.com.au
Trade (2007) Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner
Distributor: Lionsgate
Out on DVD.  Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video. After his sister is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, Jorge sets out to save her.  The film exposes the human trafficking trade between Mexico and the United States and its reliance on criminal networks.  109 mins. tradethemovie.com
Holly (2006) Director: Guy Moshe
Distributor: Priority Films
Out on DVD.
Available on Amazon Instant Video.
Patrick is working in Cambodia as a stolen artefacts dealer when he meets Holly, a twelve year old Vietnamese girl working in the red light district.  When Holly is sold to a child trafficker, Patrick embarks on a journey to find and save her.  Filmed on location, including scenes in actual brothels of Phnom Penh’s notorious K11 district, this film highlights the harsh reality of the human trafficking industry. 114 mins. priorityfilms.com/holly.php
Human Trafficking (2005) Director: Christian Duguay
Distributor: Sonar Entertainment/ RHI Entertainment
Out on DVD.
Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video.
After three Eastern European prostitutes are found dead in New York, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers set out to investigate and expose an international sex trafficking ring. 180 mins. imdb.com/title/tt0461872/
Lilja 4-Ever (2003) Director: Lukas Moodysson
Distributor: Newmarket Films
Available on DVD.
http://www.ezydvd.com.au/DVD/lilya-4-ever/dp/6088091
Abandoned by her family, 16 year old Lilja struggles with poverty and turns to prostitution where she meets Andrei who promises her a better life.  However, on arriving in Sweden, Lilja finds she is trapped in sexual servitude.   109 mins. imdb.com/title/tt0300140/

Training Videos

Title Director Image Availability Summary Link Owned by ASA
Anti-Slavery Australia (2013) Distributor: Anti-Slavery Australia Available on our homepage Three short films discussing the characteristics of forced labour for agricultural, hospitality and domestic workers. antislavery.org.au Yes
Asylum Seekers’ Stories Distributor: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Available online at their website Two short videos giving asylum seekers the opportunity to tell their stories. asrc.org.au/.. Yes
Affected for Life (2009) Director: Anja Dalhoff
Distributor: United Nations on Drugs and Crime
Available online at their website Discussed above.  The UNODC has developed a long version of the film as a training video for specialised agencies combatting human trafficking and a short version to raise awareness on the issues around trafficking. unodc.org/unodc/.. Yes
Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking (2008) Director: Safe Horizon
Distributor: U.S. Office for Victims of Crime
Available to purchase from their website Developed to help train those working in the victim services field on how to best work with immigration services to provide support to human trafficking victims. 20 minutes. ovc.gov/library/..
Yes
 

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