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Thousands of child slaves on the West Coast of Africa work on Cocoa plantations in order to provide us with cheap chocolate. Help stop the demand of slavery through Fair Trade Chocolate purchases by having friends over to sample Fair Trade Chocolate and share where to buy products that do not contribute to this form of slavery. Here we’ve provided a fully comprehensible guide to hosting your own Chocolate party.
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Host an Awareness Event: Movie Night!
*Disclaimer: All thoughts and ideas that come through these movies are not necessarily endorsed or affiliated with CVJC in any way. Some of the content in these videos may not be suitable for all ages. Viewer discretion advised.
In Plain Sight (Link)
Plot Summary: In Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six US cities, the film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street ‘in plain sight.’
Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home founded by one of the featured abolitionists. Read more or purchase the documentary here…
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (Link)
Running Time: 96 minutes
Plot Summary: “Modern slavery.” It sounds like a paradox. Hasn’t humanity progressed? Didn’t we leave slavery dead on the battlefields of the American Civil War? Didn’t social reformers like Lincoln and Wilberforce legislate against such cruelty over a hundred years ago? So we had thought. But, with over 27 million enslaved people in the world, human trafficking is once again the battlefront of the century. Click here to read more, watch the documentary, or support Exodus Cry and purchase the documentary..
Sex + Money (Link)
Running Time: 92 minutes
Plot Summary: A National Search for Human Worth is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn-stars, among others. Watch the trailer, find out more, or support the film by purchasing a copy here…
Running Time: 120 minutes
Plot Summary: Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana’s only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. To read more of the summary or watch a trailer you can go here…
Born Into Brothels (Link)
Running Time: 85 minutes
Plot Summary: 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. Read more about this documentary, or buy the movie and support these talented artists here..
Call + Response (Link)
Running Time: 86 minutes
Plot Summary: Fair Trade Pictures to support human rights activism against human trafficking and slavery on a community level. If you would like to find out more about Made In a Free Worlds projects you can follow the link here..
But if you would specifically like to buy a copy of Call + Response and support Made In a Free Worlds and their efforts to battle human trafficking you can purchase the kit here..
Dark Side of Chocolate (Watch It)
Running Time: 47 minutes
Plot Summary: Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labour and trafficked children? The award winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati decides to investigate the rumors.
His hunt for answers brings him to Mali in West Africa, where hidden footage reveals illegal trafficking of small children to the cocoa fields in neighboring Ivory Coast. Kids as young as seven years old work illegal in the plantations where they face a dangerous job cutting down the cocoa and carrying heavy loads. Some are victims of trafficking and most of the kids are never paid. Find out more about this documentary by clicking here..
Black Gold (Link)
Running Time: 78 minutes
Plot Summary: Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.
But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Read more about Black Gold and also support the filmakers by purchasing the DVD here…
Dreams Die Hard (Watch It)
Running Time: 37 minutes
Plot Summary: 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 (Free the Slaves’ Director of Communications) profiles people trapped in slavery across the United States. Ultimately, the stories told in this Free the Slaves film highlight the survivors’ passion for freedom and justice, not just for themselves, but for victims of slavery worldwide. Read more about Free the Slaves movement here…
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