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									Break the Chains
A Partnership to Address Human Trafficking
Evangelical Covenant Church

                       RECOMMENDED MOVIES
Break the Chains’ primary focus in human trafficking is on its most heinous form, sex
trafficking. That creates challenges on educating people of this modern-day evil;
recommended movies require careful selection to know the setting and the audience for
their viewing. The most powerful ones tend to also be the most graphic.

Amazing Grace is appropriate for all audiences. However, it focuses on slavery in the
past and can confuse people that the issue was resolved many years ago, when in
reality laws against slavery did not eliminate the practice of slavery.

While Human Trafficking requires more time to view, it thoroughly covers the different
ways in which women become sex slaves today. Another advantage is that it takes place
in the United States. Seeing the legal system battle it in our culture reminds viewers that
it is happening closer than we think and gives hope in the processes designed to
confront it.

The many recommended documentaries listed also contain graphic images but have
been prepared with broader audiences in mind.

Because of the realities of sex-trafficking, any movie should be previewed before
showing it to determine its most appropriate setting and audience. Allow for adequate
time for debriefing for particularly strong movies, such as Fields of Mudan.

Amazing Grace

117 minutes, 2007

Amazing Grace: The Story of William Wilberforce is the story of an extraordinarily
ordinary man, some 200 years ago, who through faith, struggle and perseverance
overcame a 17-year battle to abolish the slave trade throughout the British Empire.

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids
83 minutes, 2005

Amidst the apparent growing prosperity of India, there is a dark underbelly of poverty of
another side of the nation that is little known. This film is a chronicle of filmmakers Zana
Briski and Ross Kauffman's efforts to show that world of Calcutta's red light district. To
do that, they inspired a special group of children of the prostitutes of the area to
photograph the most reluctant subjects of it. As the kids excel in their new found art, the
filmmakers struggle to help them have a chance for a better life away from the miserable
poverty that threatens to crush their dreams.

Call + Response
120 minutes, 2008

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.

Dreams Die Hard
Study Guide
36 minutes, 2006

One of them wanted to earn money so she could treat her parents like a king and queen,
two of them were enticed by the promise of a good education, another one wanted to
buy medicine for his sick son–none of them ever dreamed they would become slaves in
the United States. But that is what happened.

Filmmaker Peggy Callahan profiles several people trapped in slavery across the United
States. Maria was enslaved as a domestic servant and victim of sexual exploitation in
southern California. “Miguel” was enslaved in Florida, where his captor used violence to
force him and many others to harvest tomatoes. Christy and Rose were enslaved in
Maryland, where they worked as domestic servants after being taken from their native
Ultimately, the stories told in this Free the Slaves film highlight these survivors’ passion
for freedom and justice, not just for themselves, but also for victims of slavery worldwide.

By Free the Slaves.

Fields of Mudan
23 minutes, 2004

When Mudan, a frightened, young Asian girl, is forced into modern day slavery by the
brutal child brothel owner, Madam Zhao, the only solace she finds is through the
memory of her Mother and the promise that she would one day find Mudan and take her
away to America: the place where dreams come true. Yet despite her hostile
surroundings, Mudan finds sympathy, compassion, and friendship in an unexpected
brothel girl, Faye. Through each other, they find the courage and the hope to live thier
lives as innocent, ordinary little girls. But even the bonds of friendship cannot stop the
bleak future that awaits them as their time of innocence runs out.

Freedom and Beyond
24 minutes, 2006

Freedom and Beyond is ultimately a story of hope and promise but it begins with voices
of boys recently freed from slavery in northern India. They tell stories that are hard to
hear. Important stories that help us learn what it takes to rescue children and help them
rebuild their lives.

The documentary film takes viewers inside a raid to free children, introduces the heroes
who risk everything to rescue the children, shows former slaves as they learn to play
again and finally travels with activists from Bal Vikas Ashram to remote villages where
children are routinely trafficked. Viewers see once powerless, hopeless villagers join
forces to arrest local traffickers and do whatever it takes to create a safe place for their
Frontline: Sex Slaves
55 minutes, 2006

An undercover journey deep into the world of sex trafficking, following one man
determined to rescue his wife—kidnapped and sold into the global sex trade.

"Sex Slaves" is a gripping documentary expose inside the global sex trade in women
from the former Soviet Bloc. The film takes viewers into the shadowy, multi-billion dollar
world of sex trafficking. Part cinema verité, part investigation, Sex Slaves puts a human
face on this most inhuman of contemporary issues. From the villages of Moldova and
Ukraine, to underground brothels and discotheques in Turkey where many women are
trafficked and forced into prostitution, we witness first-hand the brutal world of white sex

113 minutes, 2006

In March 2002, Guy Jacobson, on vacation near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was
surrounded by 15 girls, aggressively soliciting him for prostitution. One 5-year-old girl
told Jacobson, "I yum yum very good." She begged Jacobson for money and said the
madam of her brothel would beat her if she returned empty-handed. Jacobson gave the
girl $20, and she left. But Jacobson didn't forget. That encounter is recreated word for
word in the new independent film "Holly," about a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl who has
been sold by her impoverished family and smuggled into Cambodia where she is forced
to work as a prostitute.

"When I realized how much of a global problem it is, a light bulb went off and I decided to
write a movie about it," said Jacobson. The numbers are huge and reach into all
countries. Every year, more than 1 million children, women and men around the world
are sold into sexual slavery, according to UNICEF.

Human Trafficking
176 minutes, 2005

In Prague, Czech Republic, the single mother Helena is seduced by a successful
handsome man and travels with him to spend a weekend in Vienna, Austria; in Kiev,
Ukraine, the sixteen-year-old Nadia is selected by a model agency and travels to the
United States with the other selected candidates; in Manila, Philippines, the twelve-year-
old American tourist Annie Gray is abducted in front of her parents. In common, the girls
become victims of a powerful international network of sex traffickers leaded by the
powerful Sergei Karpovich. In New York, after the third death of young Eastern
European prostitutes, the obstinate Russian-American NYPD agent Kate Morozov
convinces the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Bill Meehan to hire her,
promising him that she would fight against this type of crime and that he would not

Innocent Voices
120 minutes, 2004

More than 300,000 children presently serve in armies in over 40 countries. Based on the
true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood, Luis Mandoki's
INNOCENT VOICES is the poignant tale of Chava (CARLOS PADILLA), an eleven-year-
old boy who suddenly becomes the "man of the house" after his father abandons the
family in the middle of a civil war. In El Salvador in the 1980s, the government's armed
forces are already recruiting twelve year olds, rousting them out of their classes at the
local middle school. If he is lucky, Chava has just one year of innocence left, one year
before he, too, will be conscripted to fight the government's battle against the peasant
rebels of the FMLN. Chava's life becomes a game of survival, not only from the bullets of
the escalating war, but also from the dispiriting effects of daily violence. As he hustles to
find work to help his single mother pay the bills, and experiences the pangs of first love
for a beautiful classmate, Chava's tiny home village becomes both playground and
battlefield. Armed only with the love of his mother (LEONOR VARELA) and a small radio
that broadcasts a forbidden anthem of love and peace, and faced with the impossible
choice of joining either the army or the rebels, Chava finds the courage to keep his heart
open, and his spirit alive, in his race against time.

Silent Revolution: Sankalp and Quarry Slaves
Study Guide
18 minutes, 2006

This is the story of people held in slavery in the stone quarries of northern India,
who risk everything to take back their lives.

They live in desperate conditions–but they are extraordinarily happy because they are
free after generations of slavery. The Silent Revolution follows a group of stone-breakers
as they challenge the slaveholders, are burned out of their homes by the slaveholder’s
thugs, are imprisoned and finally win the right to run their own quarry and start a new
village. Now, as they struggle to survive in freedom, they are sending their children to
school, replanting the forests, and beginning to hope for a life beyond stone-breaking. In
this Free the Slaves film, Peggy Callahan explores how people in slavery can create
their own path of freedom, with support from grassroots organizations like Sankalp of
northern India.

By Free the Slaves ( .
Slavery: A Global Investigation – Documentary
80 minutes, 2006

The documentary, inspired by the book Disposable People, exposes cases of slavery.
Filmmakers Brian Edwards and Kate Blewett actually buy slaves in Africa and help free child
slaves in India. The film exposes slavery in the rug-making sector of Northwest India, the
cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast, and even the home of a World Bank official in
Washington, D.C.

Small, personal stories of slavery are woven together to tell the larger story of slavery in the
global economy. Slavery won the Peabody Award in 2001. Produced by “True Vision of

By Free the Slaves ( .

Slavery 101
This 12 minute video is a powerful, succinct introduction to modern day slavery. Slaves
from around the world share their stories and ultimately inspire us to end slavery.

By Free the Slaves ( .

Svetlana’s Journey (2004)
“Svetlana’s Journey” retells the story of a 13-year-old girl who managed to escape from
pimps’ captivity. After her mother dies and she has no other relatives, Svetlana goes to
an orphanage. She is then adopted by a family whose main purpose is to sell her for 10
000 euro. Soon afterwards she is sold to a pimp family who torment her, manipulate and
maltreat her until they make her a shell of a body used by gentlemen – customers. She
is deprived of all her dignity, dreams and hopes.
The Day My God Died
70 minutes, 2003

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.

But as THE DAY MY GOD DIED also shows, there is a growing movement from both
within and outside of the brothels to put an end to this insidious crime. The film
introduces some of the heroes of the movement to abolish child sex slavery, including
Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission, Harleen Walia of Sanlaap and
Anuradha Koirala, the founder of Maiti Nepal. Each of these crusaders has risked his or
her life to save girls and dismantle the web that enslaves them.

120 minutes, 2007

When 13-year-old Adriana is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old
brother, Jorge, sets off on a desperate mission to save her. As Jorge dodges
overwhelming obstacles to track the girl's abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose
own family loss leads him to become an ally. This film is a thrilling story of courage and a
devastating expose of one of the world’s most heinous crimes.

We Were Free
13 minutes, 2008

Three people freed from modern-day slavery through IJM intervention share their lives in
this mini-documentary. This short film is a great way to introduce your family, colleagues
and others to the reality of slavery, sex trafficking and IJM’s work to combat it. DVD by
Ted Haddock, An International Justice Mission Production. Order here:

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