World Affairs Council of Las Vegas in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of America and Carlson & the Carlson Family Foundation, will present a special screening of the most recognized documentary on human trafficking, Not My Life, Thursday, September 5 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main Street.
The showing will be followed by comments from, and a Q&A with, the film’s Oscar-nominated director, Robert Bilheimer.
Hailed as a “seminal” film by the CNN Freedom Project and others, Not My Life, filmed on five continents over a period of four years, is the first documentary to focus on human trafficking as a global, multifaceted human rights abuse that exists in virtually every country in the world, including the United States. The film is a production of Worldwide Documentaries, a Bloomfield, NY based not-for-profit company whose president is Robert Bilheimer. The film is narrated by Glenn Close.
Human trafficking, which is also described as modern slavery, is rapidly emerging as the 21st century’s most prominent, pervasive and complex human rights violation. In a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City last September, President Obama described human trafficking as “one of the great human rights causes of our time,” and called on the citizens of the United States to lead the fight against it.
Though comprehensive data regarding human trafficking remains in short supply, experts in the field widely agree that it is an industry whose profits—in the tens of billions of dollars—rank it with the trafficking of arms and narcotics. It is also widely agreed that globally nearly 30 million people—many of them children—are victims of human trafficking crimes. Recent reports suggest that the numbers are, in all likelihood, much higher.
In the United States, human trafficking crimes predominantly involve the kidnapping, forced imprisonment, and sale of minors for sexual purposes. Lack of awareness of human trafficking among the general public is acknowledged to be an important factor contributing to its proliferation.
Acknowledging the critical role Not My Life is playing throughout the international human rights community in this regard, Robert Bilheimer, the film’s director says: “We are of course pleased that the film is being so widely used, and are doing everything in our power to bring its message to our own community and to the world. But we are at the beginning of a very long journey, and it will take a sustained commitment from each and every one of us if we are to free those millions of human beings around the world whose lives have been so
wrongfully taken from them.”
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact: Vivian Palmer, World Affairs Council of Las Vegas, at 702-708-2760.Parking at Las Vegas City Hall is free for the first 2 hours ONLY. WACLV Members that pre-register will receive a parking voucher on a first come basis while supplies last.