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October 23, 2012 
 
The panelists for this event included (L to R): Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida; Dr. Ted Perlmutter; Lauren Burke; and Ethan Downing. 
 
The discussion includes some initial comments and reactions to the film, as well as a Q&A session with the panel, audience and filmmakers. If you haven't had the opportunity to make it to a live screening and Q&A session, this video may provide some helpful additional info on the issues presented in the film. 
 
Our thanks to Columbia University's Master's Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and AC4 for their role in hosting this event. 
 
We are proud to announce that NewFilmmakers New York has selected Walking Merchandise for its documentary short film program, screening at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th.
NewFilmmakers, now in its 14th year, plays at the historic Anthology Film Archives on Second Avenue. Since 1998, NewFilmmakers has been host to over 600 feature films and 2,000 short films.
Walking Merchandise will be the third documentary short in the evening's program. The preceding selections will include '10 Years On, Afghanistan & Pakistan', directed by Kathleen Foster, and 'DHARMA', directed by Elizabeth Jaeleigh Davis.

There will be a brief filmmaker Q&A following the screening.
Tickets are $6, and will be available for purchase at the door.

NewFilmmakers New York
December 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd street)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $6

 
Thanks very much to ARTIVIST Film Festival and everyone who came out for the West Coast Premiere last Saturday.  It's been an exciting couple of weeks, with back to back screenings in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as with launching Walking Merchandise online. If you weren't able to make it to either screening, we of course encourage you to watch the film in its entirety here.
The screening was followed by a Q&A session, moderated by ARTIVIST. There were a lot of great questions, and we were lucky that Julie To and Jason Pu - lawyers who were featured in the film for their work with trafficked children - were in the audience and able to join us on stage for the conversation.

As often happens during many of our screenings or conversations about the film, the question of "What can I do?" came up. We love hearing this question, because it means that people want to tackle this issue. But unlike documentaries about global warming or green food production, the answer isn't as straightforward as "turn off the lights when you leave the room" or "eat more organic food."  It's tough to pin down a single step that people can take in day to day life that will combat international human trafficking.

But this does not mean you aren't a crucial part of the equation.

You are.

If you are moved by what you see, please check out the Help page, and consider donating or volunteering with one of the wonderful organizations working on this issue. Their expert knowledge and familiarity with these children's struggles, combined with your help and support, can make lasting positive change in these children's lives.

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ARTIVIST is a film festival focused on human rights issues, and is an official NGO member of the United Nations Department of Information.
 
Thanks very much to all of the supporters and interested persons who attended the New York City Premiere last Tuesday. We were overwhelmed with the response. The event was booked to capacity days in advance, with a growing wait list that followed. Fortunately we were able to accommodate everyone on the night of the event, and for anyone who was unable to attend, we of course encourage you to watch the film in its entirety here.
Last Tuesday's screening was followed by a lively panel discussion, moderated by Beth Fisher-Yoshida, academic director of Columbia University's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, and featuring Lauren Burke, Ethan Downing, and Dr. Ted Perlmutter. We had some great questions from the audience, and will be posting a video recording of the panel discussion here in about two weeks.

Coming up this weekend is the ARTIVIST Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. ARTIVIST is a film festival focused on human rights issues, and is an official NGO member of the United Nations Department of Information. For screening details, check out our West Coast Premiere page. We would love to see you there.

One of the attendees at Tuesday's event noted that for a documentary film like this, a premiere event is only the beginning of the work, and that's very much true. In the past week that the film's been online, it has accumulated over 600 views, from places as near as Canada to those as far as China. Since sharing the film online, we've received inquiries from universities interested in screening the film for their classes. These are all great signs, and we hope this momentum continues so that more people can learn about this issue, and be motivated to seek ways that they can help.