With ‘The Human, Earth Project’ celebrating its eleventh birthday this week, I’d like to share something special with you.

Ten years ago, I was in Sapa investigating the disappearances of May and Pang. It seemed extremely unlikely that I would ever see them again. Within the next three months, I located and met with both girls in distant parts of China, where they had been forced into “marriage” and motherhood with local men. 

We’ve come a long way since then. Our work has reached millions of people around the world via the ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, Freedom United, National Geographic, and Newsweek, amongst others.

‘Sisters for Sale’ has developed from a multi-award-winning feature documentary (now available in eight languages!) into a unique and powerful book, of which I’m extremely proud.

In recent years, we’ve also hosted many ‘Sisters for Sale’ documentary screenings (both online and in person) which I’ve rarely mentioned publicly. These include screenings with some of the most prestigious high schools and universities in Australia and Southeast Asia.

These are always fantastic events, but one event in particular was a very special one for me.

In late 2022, I was invited to present a ‘Sisters for Sale’ screening on an Intrepid cruise to Antarctica, which was an incredible opportunity – our Antarctic premiere!

What made it even more special was that the event was co-hosted by legendary Australian comedian and media personality Adam Spencer. I grew up watching Adam on TV, so it felt surreal to be sharing a stage with him.

Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID just hours before our arrival in Antarctica and spent half the trip confined to my cabin.

The screening took place in the ship’s main lounge on my first evening out of quarantine (hence the mask). The documentary was simultaneously broadcast throughout the ship so that passengers could also watch it from their cabins.

Our screening events are typically two-hour events: the 90-minute documentary followed by a 30-minute Q&A session, and this was no different. This time, however, the Q&A session was captured on video, and I’d like to share it with you now.

(Keep in mind that we were on a ship rolling through heavy seas, if you see us doing any funny little dances in the video!)

The event was recorded by travel writer and photographer Fiona Harper. It was all made possible by Suzie Hanlan, a friend I’d met in Alaska a decade earlier, now an Intrepid expedition guide. I’d like to thank Adam, Fiona, Suzie, Intrepid, and everyone who attended the event.

(Kim Miller from Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation typically co-hosts these events with me, and was conspicuous by her absence – she would have had better answers to some of the questions!)

If you work with a high school, university, or any other group you’d like to host a ‘Sisters for Sale’ documentary screening with, please contact me for more details.

In the meantime, you can enjoy the Q&A session from our Antarctic premiere here.

(If you haven’t yet seen the documentary itself, you can watch it here first!)

We’re currently rebuilding our website in preparation for our next major undertaking, the ‘Sisters for Sale’ graphic novel – stay tuned!

Ben

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