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THE WHY FOUNDATION is a charitable organization that supports sustainable development by securing free access to reliable information for millions of people around the world. We produce and distribute documentaries & multimedia content about human rights, democracy, justice and equality. Our documentaries are used in schools, community centres, public cinemas and brought to citizens at large through our growing network of 70+ public service television stations in 200 countries and territories.

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WHY SLAVERY? ‘Dollar Heroes’ wins a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo TV Festival!

July 9, 2019

The investigative documentary Dollar Heroes: North Korea’s Secret Slaves has received international recognition as the official winner of the ‘News’ category in the 2019 Monte Carlo Television Festival.

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FILM OF THE MONTH: Putin’s Forgotten Children

July 4, 2019

This July, we have chosen the award-winning film ‘Putin’s Forgotten Children’ as our Film of the Month - available to watch free until August on our YouTube Channel.

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WHY SLAVERY? reaches hundreds in human-trafficking hot-spot Nairobi

July 1, 2019

THE WHY delivers on its promise to reach new audiences in undeserved region through its proud partnership with HAART (Awareness against Human Trafficking) in Kenya.

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Where we are

THE WHY works with partners across the world to extend free access to information for everyone.

upcoming Events

Jul

 

12

 to 

 

2019

Playsafe Lifecare Foundation Maid in Hell Screening

The non-profit organization will screening THE WHY film to young audiences (19-30 yrs) in Nigeria.

Go to event

Where: 

Nigeria

Jul

 

2

 to 

 

2019

Karama Beruit Human Rights Film Festival: Maid in Hell Screening

Maid in Hell will be screened as part of this human rights films festival, The former Kenyan Senator Emma Mbura, featured in the documentary, will join for a Q&A on the issue after the screening.

Go to event

Where: 

Beruit, Lebanon

Dec

 

9

 to 

Dec

 

12

2019

Chimes of a New Moment – Revisioning Just Communities Festival Screening of 'Stealing Africa'

As part of the 'Chimes of a New Moment' Festival, Bangalore Film Society will screen our WHY POVERTY? film 'Stealing Africa' for the first time.

Go to event

Where: 

Bangalore, India

Aug

 

19

 to 

 

2019

Foreign Correspondents Club Screening of My Afghanistan

The Thai Foreign Correspondents Club will host a screening of our WHY STORIES film 'My Afghanistan' to its members; local and international press to stimulate discussion and dialogue on stories that don't make the mainstream media.

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Where: 

Bangkok, Thailand

Jun

 

26

 to 

 

2019

Maid in Hell Screening

Our partner HAART will screen this critically-acclaimed WHY SLAVERY? film to university students in Nairobi, Kenya.

Go to event

Where: 

Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

Jun

 

19

 to 

 

2019

Maid in Hell Screening in Nairobi

Our partner HAART Kenya will show our award-winning film Maid in Hell to school students.

Go to event

Where: 

Kenya Technical Training College, Gigiri KENYA

Jun

 

29

 to 

 

2019

Maid in Hell Screening at Join Hands International

Our partner join hands international will hold a screening of the critically-acclaimed Maid in Hell.

Go to event

Where: 

Kampala, Uganda

May

 

29

 to 

 

2019

Maid in Hell Screening

WHY SLAVERY? outreach continues with our partner Playsafe Life Care Foundation with a screening of our WHY SLAVERY? film at Senior Secondary School in Tepatan, Moro.

Go to event

Where: 

Moro, Nigeria

May

 

14

 to 

 

2019

THE WHY at the Global Challenges Foundation

THE WHY will present its perspective on how we can best work towards the SDGs as part of an international panel for the Global Challenges Foundation.

Go to event

Where: 

London School of Economics

May

 

3

 to 

May

 

19

2019

THE WHY Screenings for Europa

As part of the gallery's newest exhibition: Europa -THE WHY will be screening 4 thought-provoking documentaries that pose pertinent questions about the state of Europe today.

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Where: 

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Mar

 

16

 to 

Mar

 

16

2019

New Beginnings Charitible Trust Screening of Selling Children

On the 16th of March New Beginnings Charitable Trust holds its premier of 'Selling Children' in four medium and secondary schools.

Go to event

Where: 

India

Apr

 

1

 to 

Aug

 

31

2019

WHY SLAVERY? Workshop series

Center Women and Modern World hosts a series of WHY SLAVERY? screenings throughout Azerbaijan's districts: Baku, Shamakhi, Ismayylly, Agsu and Khizi and Gobustan.

Go to event

Where: 

Azerbaijan

Mar

 

8

 to 

Mar

 

10

2019

ONE WORLD Film Festival Maid in Hell Screening

One World Film Festival celebrates films with social impact and will be screening the WHY SLAVERY? film Maid in Hell

Go to event

Where: 

Prague, Czech Republic

Mar

 

4

 to 

Mar

 

7

2019

Maid in Hell Screening at Playsafe Foundation

In collaboration with the grassroots human rights organization, Playsafe Foundation in Nigeria, we are hosting a screening of Maid in Hell among mature school students.

Go to event

Where: 

Nigeria

Mar

 

3

 to 

Mar

 

3

2019

Maid in Hell Screening

In collaboration with HAART (Awareness against Human Trafficking Kenya) THE WHY is hosting a screening of this thought provoking film.

Go to event

Where: 

Catholic University of East Africa

Feb

 

19

 to 

Feb

 

19

2019

A Woman Captured Screening in collaboration with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office

This event will target policy-makers and political professionals to ensure those working in the sector better understand the insidious nature of modern slavery in Europe.

Go to event

Where: 

Brussels, Belgium

Feb

 

19

 to 

Feb

 

19

2019

Maid in Hell Docubox Screening & Panel Discussion

In collaboration with Docubox, THE WHY is hosting a screening of Maid in Hell, followed by an expert panel discussion at Alliance Francaise in Nairobi, Kenya

Go to event

Where: 

Nairobi, Kenya

Dec

 

10

 to 

Dec

 

11

2018

A Woman Captured Screening at British Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria

To mark International Human Rights Day the British Embassy in Sofia, in partnership with the UN Association of Bulgaria aims raise awareness about the topic of modern slavery by screening the award-winning WHY SLAVERY? film A Woman Captured.

Go to event

Where: 

Sofia, Bulgaria

Dec

 

10

 to 

 

2018

Maid in Hell Film Screening & Debate with the UN

To mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN City and UNDP in collaboration with The WHY Foundation is hosting a screening of Maid in Hell, followed by a discussion of modern slavery.

Go to event

Where: 

UN City 51 Marmorvej 2100 København Ø

 

 to 

Oct

 

12

Screening of A Woman Captured

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office are hosting a special screening of A Woman Captured at their Embassy in Sofia.

Go to event

Where: 

Sofia, Bulgaria

Nov

 

16

 to 

Nov

 

16

2018

WHY SLAVERY? screening at Mwanga College DRC

Mwanga college is hosting multiple screenings of the WHY SLAVERY? films in the DRC, Africa.

Go to event

Where: 

Mwange College - The Democratic Repulic of Congo

Nov

 

16

 to 

Nov

 

16

2018

A Woman Captured Screening at SOAS University

At 6pm SOAS Against Human Trafficking will host an event of the award-winning documentary A Woman Captured.

Go to event

Where: 

London, UK

Dec

 

2

 to 

Dec

 

2

2018

"North Korea's Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes" screening at Husets Biograf

Ever wondered how the North Korean regime is able to finance their nuclear program? To find out, join us for the screening of "North Korea's Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes".

Go to event

Where: 

Husets Biograf Copenhagen

Nov

 

6

 to 

Nov

 

25

2018

WHY SLAVERY? Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto Italian Film Festival

WHY SLAVERY? films are being screened at the Italian Film Festival aimed at connecting documentaries with social causes around the world. More details can be found on their website.

Go to event

Where: 

Trento, Italy

Oct

 

17

 to 

Oct

 

20

2018

SHORT FILM Screenings at the Danish Women's Museum

Maid in Hell/ A Woman Captured/ Selling Children/ The Storm Makers/ One Bride/ Seven Cows or a Box of Heroin are being shown in a loop during the opening hours all week

Go to event

Where: 

Aarhus

Oct

 

17

 to 

Oct

 

21

2018

WHY SLAVERY? Screenings at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Screenings of the WHY SLAVERY? long & shorts are being shown in a loop at the art gallery.

Go to event

Where: 

Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 København

Oct

 

26

 to 

 

2018

Free Film Screening: Maid in Hell

Join us for a free film screening of Maid in Hell, followed by a Q&A with the director Søren Klovborg.

Go to event

Where: 

Cinemateket, 55 Gothersgade, 1123 Copenhagen

Oct

 

22

 to 

 

2018

Free Film Screening: Jailed in America

Join us for the free screening of Jailed in America, from Academy award-winning Director Roger Ross Williams.

Go to event

Where: 

Cinemateket 55 Gothersgade, 1123 Copenhagen

Oct

 

19

 to 

 

2018

Free Film Screening: A Woman Captured

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning film: A Woman Captured - 16:45 in Cinemateket

Go to event

Where: 

Cinemateket, 55 Gothersgade, 1123 Copenhagen

Oct

 

14

 to 

Oct

 

20

2018

WHY SLAVERY? Short Films

WHY WOMEN? Short films will be shown on the loop at the Women's Museum in Aarhus Denmark.

Go to event

Where: 

Kvinde Museet Aarhus

Oct

 

22

 to 

Oct

 

28

2018

UN Association Film Festival

Screening of North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes

Go to event

Where: 

Brussels

Oct

 

9

 to 

 

2018

North Korea’s Secret Slaves

Dollar Heroes presented at The European Parliament

Go to event

Where: 

Brussels

Oct

 

8

 to 

 

2018

Why Slavery? Campaign Launch

World Premiere of Maid in Hell with Q&A with Director Søren Klovborg

Go to event

Where: 

Absalon, Copenhagen

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