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Many rivers to cross

Over the past year, Sisters For Sale has been taking shape, and taking on a life of its own. Giving birth would be the obvious analogy - but even from the womb this baby has begun dictating its needs and wants. Which shot is missing, and where. Where to add a piece of...

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Back to reality VII: Rebellion

The latest batch of Academy Awards were distributed in Hollywood on Sunday.Their recipients ranged from intelligent, thought-provoking films on very worthy subjects to... well, Fury Road, two hours of senseless, relentless overstimulation, with a popularity even more...

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Letting go

Letting go

I never met Chris Tenz, despite the fact that we both lived on the same street in the same tiny hamlet, and knew dozens of people in common. When I first launched The Human, Earth Project, I was working in the Canadian Rockies. I stayed there for ten months, saving...

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Viva la persistence

It has now been three years since The Human, Earth Project was born, and what a ride it has been. The first year took me back to Asia to begin the search for my trafficked friends M and P. The second year was a phenomenal success, as I located both M and P...

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Back to reality VI: Understanding

I've spent years of my life living and travelling around the globe, to get a better understanding of the world in which we live. I watch documentaries for the same reason. One part of the world I've found the most difficult to understand is the Middle East,...

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Back to reality V: Sing

On my journey to complete our feature-length anti-trafficking documentary Sisters For Sale, I've been absorbing some of the world's finest documentaries. Late last year I presented a series of blog posts introducing you to a few of my favourites. Several of you have...

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Keep hope alive

I took a two-week break over the new year, and spent Christmas Day on the beach of a small developing nation. After the sun had set, my friends and I went in search of a taxi to take us back to the city nearby. We chose the wrong taxi. The driver, who identified...

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A really long year

It's been a really long year.Whereas many of last year's struggles were public and very dramatic, this year they have been comparatively dull battles behind closed doors.  When Sisters For Sale was crowdfunded in early 2014, it was to be a modest film about my...

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Back to reality IV: Giving thanks

Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the United States.I spent the day with new friends in the mountains of southern California, while the first snows tumbled down through the pines outside. It's been one year since I stepped away from the disadvantaged communities of...

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Back to reality III: Shine a light

Back to reality III: Shine a light

It's been almost a month since I last wrote.  It's been a long, strange month in which the pieces of my life were kicked up and scattered, and have only just begun to resettle in unexpected new ways.  Last month, I wrote about the incredible emotional strength of...

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Back to reality

Back to reality

As an audience member, it is easy to watch a completed documentary - particularly a well-made documentary - and believe the story has unfolded in the only possible way. The film seems to build organically, following a logical path from a clearly-defined beginning to...

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Battling on

Battling on

On Tuesday I mentioned that acclaimed crime writer Belinda Bauer had been shortlisted amongst fierce competition for the prestigious Gold Dagger, an award given to the best crime novel of the year.  Belinda's novel,

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Moving forward

Moving forward

In January I first wrote about Belinda Bauer, the author of six acclaimed crime novels, and a longtime supporter of The Human, Earth Project. Belinda cites the Project as an inspiration for her latest work, The Shut Eye, which revolves around the mysterious...

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New strength

Sculpture can be either an additive or subtractive process. A sculptor might build his work from scratch, or else chip away at a block of stone to discover his creation within. For the past six months, I have dedicated myself to the post-production of our...

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M’s dilemma XIV: A new identity

For the first time since her abduction almost four years earlier, my trafficked Hmong friend M had the freedom to return home to her family in Vietnam. After finally reaching the border, however, M turned back at the urgings of her Chinese "husband". She did so to...

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M’s dilemma XIII: Broken wings

My trafficked Hmong friend M never made it home to her family in Vietnam. After having risked a bus journey of some 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) across China without identification, M had almost reached the Vietnamese border. M first hesitated on hearing rumours of...

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