One year ago this month we started filming Stolen Innocence. Chris and I had so many questions about human trafficking in India and how the public would react to our findings. From the first post revealing our project to now we’ve been overwhelmed with everyone’s support to make this film a reality.
We’re happy to report that we’re still on track to finish the documentary in preparation for Sundance 2016 ( we essentially have to be done to submit by early September) We’ve completed 2 out of 3 production shoots.
We’ve recently returned from our second of three production shoots in India. Chris and I returned to India once again to further our important relationships with the nonprofits that are working to end human trafficking. We’ve said it before but without the nonprofits support there is no Stolen Innocence story. Some of these relationships started 4 or 5 years back when I was doing research on human trafficking others have been very recent.
We are spending more and more of our time in West Bengal. This region of India is seeing the most human trafficking in India. Often times because poverty is so rampant traffickers focus on this region to take girls. Since the borders of Bangladesh and Nepal are so close we’ve learned about staging areas. These are essentially remote areas near the borders where trafficked girls are taken to for weeks sometimes months before they move to a larger city. Often times they are severely abused.
We also spent some great time in Mumbai in Asia’s largest brothel, Kamathipura. Because of our nonprofit partners we were able to shoot some really amazing footage inside the brothels.
We are returning to India in a few weeks with a full crew, (we’re so legit!) It’s Chris and I, plus our Line Producer and two cinematographers. A full team of 5. We’ll be there for a total of 3 months and will finish our production for Stolen Innocence.
Thanks for all of your support, we couldn’t have done this with you.