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Project of the Day: ‘The Long Rescue’

Project of the Day: 'The Long Rescue'

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The Long Rescue

Tweetable Longline: Teen survivors of sex trafficking rebuild their lives and create their own films in a secret location in the Philippines.

Elevator Pitch: Filmed in a secret compound in Cebu, Philippines, “The Long Rescue” offers an intimate look at the lives of girls rescued from sex trafficking. As they struggle with school and confront their pimps in court, the survivors prepare to reenter the world that enslaved them – this time, on their own terms. 

The filmmakers will be training the girls in participatory video, so they can create their own digital storytelling projects. Offering unprecedented access to the personal stories of former sex slaves, the film will explore question: how can you recover hope when you’ve seen the worst of humanity?

Production Team: Producer and Director: Jennifer Huang (“The Standing on Sacred Ground” series)

About the Film: Like most people, I am horrified that 2 million children globally have been forced into the commercial sex trade. But it wasn’t until I met these girls personally (because my brother helped build their home in the Philippines) that I realized that I can and must take action for them. 

So I am hoping to give others the same personal connection to these girls, giving insight into the experiences of daughters and sisters, beyond the statistics. Through their stories, we’ll see how close we all are to trafficking, and that we can take action that makes a difference.

Current Status: We are in development, planning the first shoot in February 2015. We have raised more than $10,500 of our $12,000 Indiegogo goal, which ends Dec. 31st.

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