.ABOUT 26 SECONDS 26 Secondsis a dramatic feature documentary focusing on the horrors of sex trafficking around the world. Through a captivating journey, in search of solutions, 26 Seconds reveals the ubiquity of the problem and the gravity of the damage sustained by this evil, destructive trade. In raw intimate interviews, filmed in Thailand, Cambodia, Iraq, India, East Africa, Mexico and right here in the USA…The audience gets a shocking glimpse into the lives of girls, women, pimps and “Johns” and also transgenders in various cultures and regions. The documentary peers behind the shadowy curtain of the rampant global plague of sex trafficking, taking the audiences from the neon underground in Thailand to the dusty refugee camps of Iraq; from the glitz and glam of Las Vegas to across the border in Tijuana; from the sunny streets of Southern California to the slums of New Delhi and Phnom Penh; and the rift valleys in East Africa.
In intimate interviews, the audience gets a glimpse into the lives of children and women in various cultures and regions, which include vivid details in their own voice how each victim was captured or lured into the sex trade, the horrors of their captivity, and the commitment of each individual and organization to get the survivors out at whatever cost. '26 Seconds' sheds light on the nonprofit organizations, churches, and government agencies who are working actively to abolish this horrific practice. These organizations, among others, save victims from the debilitating effects of human trafficking. Thousands of children and women have been saved already, but there are still thousands and thousands more in captivity.
The '26 Seconds' documentary chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue victims from captivity. Who are the major players in perpetuating the sex trade? What are the living conditions of the enslaved? At whose hands do children face the most abuse? What are the major obstacles our experts face in extricating the victims from this bondage? Then, pairing dramatic interviews with heartbreaking video footage, we watch as survivors are reunited with their families as we witness their candid expressions of relief and elation.
'26 Seconds' visual style is vivid and dramatic, combining beautiful, sleek shots and silhouetted interviews with gritty “undercover” footage and licensed archival clips. Through the steady plodding pace of the editing, the documentary parallels such contrasting images as the neon lights of a Thai nightclub with the slums of an Indian metropolis, and the glitz and glam of Hollywood, a war-torn refugee camp in Iraq, and the rift valleys of East Africa as a means of illustrating the diversity of victims and the ubiquity of the sex trade. Combined with observational scenes in villages, homes, camps, schools, and rehabilitation centers, these striking interviews and images draw out themes of human rights, self-reliance, and overcoming hopelessness even in the darkest of circumstances.
Film is my commitment to creating work that matters in our world. I wanted to film a documentary on global sex trafficking because it is a fast-growing horrific industry that tragically affects every child and woman worldwide. We can either do something or nothing. I simply chose to do something with the resources and creative talent that I posses and have access to as a Professor in film. As a filmmaker, my intention is to tell the story. It was not possible to tell the story about human trafficking unless I visited the countries, met the victims face-to-face that were trapped in the sex trade – the pimps and madams that sell them, and the johns who buy them – but the true heroes are the organizations that rescue, restore, and reintegrate these innocent children. Creating Awareness is not enough but rather a Call to Action is ALL of our responsibility. It will not only take an army of heroes but also a village of ordinary people. This is a story about giving victims, survivors and the voiceless a voice!
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” - Audre Lorde