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Understanding Trafficking
Year:  2010
Running Time:  87 minutes
Country:  India
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater
Showtime:   Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 08:30 PM
Director:  Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti

Description:
  Understanding Trafficking stresses the difference between women who migrate and join the sex trade and women who are trafficked into the sex trade Interpol estimates human trafficking of women and young girls to be a $1 billion global industry that continues to grow year after year. It is a trade that feeds on the miseries of the world’s poor, and the ravages wrought by death and destruction.

Yet it is wrong to classify all women who make it to the world’s oldest profession as victims of trafficking. That’s what filmmaker Ananya Chatterjee-Chakraborti’s film Understanding Trafficking seeks to convey.

Using the metaphor of Sita (of the Ramayana) who stepped out of her bounds and got whisked away by the forces of evil, the filmmaker attempts to go beyond the figures to understand the social milieu that causes women from Nepal, India and Bangladesh to be trafficked across international borders in eastern India.

The filmmaker stresses the important distinction between migration and trafficking. Focusing on the former, she points out that migration by both rich and poor for better prospects has always existed and will always exist. Nations must recognize this and formulate an appropriate policy to deal with it. Lack of such a policy in Nepal has opened the floodgates of corruption in that country, while sending countless women migrants to their doom.


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Screening with: Hell (Ge.hen'nah)



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