SAVE THE DATE for the New York City premiere of  Walking Merchandise,
followed by a panel discussion with experts in the field, and a short Q&A session with the filmmakers.

We are thrilled to be able to premiere the film in NYC at Columbia University -- a location that has played an integral role in the making, and the success, of this film.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Columbia University


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The screening information for Walking Merchandise was announced today by the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Sunday, August 12, 2012
12:00 p.m. (noon)
The Vets (formerly VMA Arts & Cultural Center)
1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903

For more information, visit the RIIFF site: http://riff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/walkingmerchandisechildtraffickingandthesnakeheadtrade_ethandowning_riff2012 
 
We are happy announce that Walking Merchandise has been officially accepted to the 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival. This is an enormous step for the film, and we are very pleased to share this news with everyone who has supported the project along the way.  Thank you for helping us make this film and spread the word about child trafficking.
Rhode Island International Film Festival (August 7 - 12, 2012) is a prestigious film festival held in Providence, RI, and is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences qualifying event. RIIFF Website
 
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This past Saturday, we gave a presentation at the Church Center for the United Nations for a United Methodist Women seminar on human trafficking. United Methodist Women is a faith based group of approximately 800,000 members, whose mission is "fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice" (UMW website).

On a regular basis, members attend United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs in both New York City and Washington, D.C. The seminars explore topics selected by the participants from among a range of social justice issues, such as poverty, immigration, and the environment. The participants for this past weekend's seminar came from churches in New York and Connecticut, and had expressed interest in learning more about human trafficking.

As part of our presentation, we showed the trailer and selected interview excerpts, and provided an overview of the snakehead trade. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session that revolved around both questions of how this system of trafficking works, and how individuals could make a difference in the lives of these young persons.

It was a great privilege to talk with this group of persons truly committed to taking action, and effecting positive change in the world. We're extremely thankful for their time it speaking with us, and for Seminar Designer Jay Godfrey's work in bringing us in to participate.
 
"He worked six days a week, his friends said, often in 12-hour shifts. Mr. Wang quickly fell into a grueling routine, his life pared down to its simplest components..."

Bus Crash in the Bronx Ends a Man's Fight for His Family
New York Times
by Kirk Semple and Jeffrey E. Singer
March 21, 2011

Earlier this month, 15 persons were killed when their bus overturned on I-95. The bus was traveling from Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino to New York City's Chinatown. Many of the passengers were Chinese immigrants.

The New York Times published an article about the life of one of the passengers, Mr. Wang Jianhua. Wang emigrated from China in 2008, and had been working "six days a week...often in 12-hour shifts" to pay off his snakehead debt, and support his wife and children in China.

"Juliet", a Chinese youth interviewed last year, described her own working life with the same words that Semple and Singer used to describe Wang's in their article:

"work, eat, sleep, work, eat sleep."

Juliet was able to leave the restaurant circuit, however, countless others are less fortunate.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of this terrible accident, as well as with those persons working in similar conditions across the country.

Click here to read the complete New York Times article.