Not My Life: Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking




Ticket Info

Non-member (includes lunch): $32

CIR Member (includes lunch): $26

Event Description

CIR will host a screening of Not My Life, a documentary on human trafficking written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer. The screening will be followed by lunch and a panel discussion by Marty Braniff, author & child advocate, Attorney General Gary King and Special Agent in Charge, Anthony Maez, from the human trafficking task force.

Not My Life is the first film comprehensively to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. The screening is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation. Free copies of the 80-minute version of the DVD will be available at the event.

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life features more than fifty interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. From 10 year-old girls raped in USA truck stops or brothels in India; to street beggars in Africa; to domestic servants in Washington, D. C., Not My Life takes viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept.

Marty Braniff, author and long-time advocate for children, has worked with victimized children, advocating for their rights through the courts, dealing with children of gang members, and endeavoring to help illegal kids caught in the treacherous web of child trafficking. Her most recent book, Step Over Rio, is Braniff’s fictional exploration of very real and timely issues affecting hundreds of thousands of youths every year. She has won numerous awards for both her work on behalf of children and her work as a poet and author. Copies of Step Over Rio will be available for purchase at the event.