Film-makers tackle human trafficking

April 24, 2017
The cover art for the film 'SOLD'.

Film-maker David Johnson believes that many Jamaican men have the wrong mindset when they are interacting with women.

Johnson is currently in the pre-production stage of a film, Unbound, which he hopes will change the thinking of numerous males in the Jamaican society on what is the acceptable way to treat females.

"A lot of men think certain things, and they have never been challenged on that though," Johnson said.

He said that many men feel it is okay to abuse women or react negatively to females who are the victims of sex crimes such as rape and human trafficking.

"It is to raise awareness, to put a magnifying glass over some serious issues that have been going on in Jamaica," he said.

Co-director and one of the writers of the film, Aleicia Dawkins, said the film was not initially intended to feature the issue of human trafficking, but after a chance interaction with Christina Millwood, the operator of a shelter for females who were the victims of sex crimes, "it morphed into this really amazing story about hope after trauma," Dawkins said.




"It's a really good cause and I think it is something that we need to bring attention to in Jamaica, because we are one of the top tourism choices in the world and there is a lot that comes with it, and we can't ignore the negative side," she said.

Several persons have used arts and entertainment to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking. One of those is the film SOLD, which is based on a book by Patricia McCormick. The film centres on a young Nepalese girl, Lakshmi (played by Niar Saikia), who is poor and wants to give her mother a roof that does not leak when it rains. The plight of her family is fertile soil for exploitation.

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