An Evening of Awareness and Action on Human Trafficking.
Betrayed: Portraits of Strength, a photo exhibit by Tony Hoare documenting human trafficking survivors, leads us into this evening of art and discussion tackling the global crimes of human trade and exploitation. As the film feature, Reel Causes is thrilled to host the Vancouver premiere of Richie Mehta’s poignant drama Siddharth, based on the true story of a man he met in India, searching for his missing 12 year old son. This event of art and action supports two organizations working with survivors locally: the West Coast Domestic Workers Association and the Children of the Street Society. After the film, they will join the artists and the audience for a discussion about taking action. Human trafficking is everywhere – even in our own community. You just might not see it.
Siddharth and Betrayed
March 17, 2016,
Doors: 6:15 PM, Show Time: 7:00 PM
Running time: 96 minutes
Betrayed: Portraits of Strength
Humanitarian photographer Tony Hoare presents a sneak preview of this exhibition that captures two years of work gathering stories and portraits of people who have been victims and survivors of human trafficking. Hoare was left with a sense of awe in their strength, inspired by how so many people have transformed their life since betrayal. From Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Mexico, the survivors themselves tell the stories you will read.
The project is ongoing with future stories that will come from Europe, Cambodia and Canada. For the Canadian stories Hoare is seeking volunteers who have experienced human trafficking. Your story can be told in your name or using a pseudonym to remain anonymous. If you have been betrayed Tony can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
See the whole exhibit on display at Carnegie Community Centre from March 23rd and read more about it here.
Richie Mehta’s second feature film SIDDHARTH enjoyed its World Premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and garnered Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Heartland Film Festival and Tiantan Best Feature Film at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film is based on the true story of a man Mehta met in India. He was a chain-wallah who fixes broken zippers on the street, and had sent his 12-year-old son for work with a distant relative in a neighbouring town. But the boy disappeared. With little resources and no connections, he was travelling across India in pursuit of his lost child. The film is like a cinematic memory, of betrayal and hope, expressed with a crushing realism of poverty and places too ugly to imagine. Yet, Mehta finds hope in the faith of the father, and beauty in this broken world.
Following the film there will be a discussion with the artists and representatives from our community causes.
West Coast Domestic Workers Association
West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association (WCDWA) is a non-profit organization that provides pro bono full representation, assistance and community support to caregivers and other migrant workers, including survivors of labour trafficking in British Columbia. They are also actively involved in public legal education and law reform initiatives. This year marks their 30th anniversary!
In addition to assisting survivors of labour trafficking with their individual legal cases, WCDWA works to raise awareness of labour exploitation and trafficking among migrant worker communities. In 2015, WCDWA produced a short public service announcement (PSA) and is in the process of producing a documentary on labour trafficking as educational tools in partnership with the BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The organization has produced public legal education resources, engaged in research, and regularly conducts workshops on labour trafficking across BC.
Children of the Street Society
Children of the Street Society is a registered society and federal charity dedicated to ending all forms of child/youth sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Our mission is to take a proactive approach through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies to prevent the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth, while offering support to families. Last year alone, we reached over 27,000 children and youth through more than 600 prevention workshops. We are the only organization in BC providing both education on sexual exploitation on such a large scale and support to parents of youth affected by this issue.