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An estimated 40.3 million people are currently living as slaves -more than at any other time in history.

Through our six compelling and informative documentaries, alongside 10 short films, WHY SLAVERY? uncovers the stories of men, women and children living as slaves in all corners of the world. Whether it is the deeply flawed Kafala System, which binds migrant workers to their employers in the Middle East, or the prolific number of children being bought and sold in India, WHY SLAVERY? sheds a light on the stories of people living in the shadows of enslavement.

WHY SLAVERY? aims to vastly increase awareness of modern slavery and empower individuals, communities and politicians to take effective measures to address it.

An estimated 40.3 million people are currently living as slaves -more than at any other time in history.

Through our six compelling and informative documentaries, alongside 10 short films, WHY SLAVERY? uncovers the stories of men, women and children living as slaves in all corners of the world. Whether it is the deeply flawed Kafala System, which binds migrant workers to their employers in the Middle East, or the prolific number of children being bought and sold in India, WHY SLAVERY? sheds a light on the stories of people living in the shadows of enslavement.

WHY SLAVERY? aims to vastly increase awareness of modern slavery and empower individuals, communities and politicians to take effective measures to address it.

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Films and media

A Woman Captured

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

2018

*FILM COMING DECEMBER 2ND*

Can Freedom ever be more frightening than enslavement? A Woman Captured is a raw and intimate portrayal of the psychology behind enslavement. Award-winning Director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter offers an evocative study of a woman so debased and disregarded that even she has lost sight of her own life. As a close friendship develops between the captured woman (Marish) and the filmmaker, Marish’s confidence is slowly restored as she begins to imagine a different life for herself. With this new found sense of confidence, will A Woman Captured ever be able to escape the unbearable oppression to become a free woman?

I was a Yazidi slave

David Evans

2018

*FILM COMING DECEMBER 2ND*

Can there be justice after genocide, sexual violence and slavery? In August 2014, an Islamic State massacre of unimaginable proportions took place during the rapid invasion of the Yazidi people in Sinjar, northern Iraq. Young Yazidi women were separated from the old and taken to the Galaxy Cinema in Mosul. There they were paraded, selected, enslaved, tortured and systematically raped. Some were only 11 years old. I was a Yazidi slave follows the Yazidi women’s journey to recovery and ask how a survivor of unthinkable sexual violence can find justice and a path to rehabilitation.

Jailed in America

Roger Ross Williams

2018

*FILM COMING DECEMBER 2ND*

How do prisons make a profit from crime? In the last 30 years, America’s prison population has surged from 330,000 to 2.3 million inmates. In this deeply personal and provocative film, Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams sets out on a mission to investigate the prison system that has helped drive this explosive web of political, social, and economic forces that have consumed so many of Roger’s friends and family.

Maid in Hell

Søren Klovborg

2018

*FILM COMING DECEMBER 2ND*

Can an employment system hide a reality of torture and humiliation? Maid in Hell offers a glimpse into the commonplace reality of harassment, abuse, rape and 18-hour work days which migrant domestic workers across the Middle East face. Trapped by the Kafala system, their passports are confiscated and they are bound to their employer. Unable to flee, they risk harsh punishments or imprisonments if they try. “Maid in Hell” gives unprecedented access to this frightening and brutal form of modern slavery. Following employment agents who vividly describe the trade, as well as maids who struggle to find a way home after harrowing, and sometimes, deadly experiences, we come to understand the grotesque reality faced by thousands of women each day.

North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes

Carl Gierstorfer & Sebastian Weis

2018

*FILM COMING DECEMBER 2ND*

How does North Korea sell their own people to fund its dangerous regime? Shrouded in secrecy and notoriously cash-strapped the North Korean regime has resorted to running one of the world’s largest slaving operations - exploiting the profits to fulfill their own agenda. These bonded labourers can be found in Russia, China and dozens of other countries around the world - including EU member states. Featuring undercover footage and powerful testimonials, North Korea’s Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes reveals the scale and brutality of the operation.

Selling Children

Pankaj Johar

2018

*FILM COMING DECEMBER 2ND*

Is poverty raising a generation of children for sale in India? In the world’s largest democracy, India, millions of vulnerable children are bought and sold, given only what they need to survive another day. Throughout Indian society the mechanisms of bonded slave labor are insidious, powerful and nearly impossible to escape for children who have become trapped in a system driven by profits. Indian director, Pankaj Johar, looks behind the overwhelming statistics - revealing how a lack of education and persistent poverty provides a breeding ground for modern slavery.

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CEO Mette Hoffmann Meyer on BBC World News

2018

CEO Mette Hoffmann Meyer talks about the WHY SLAVERY? campaign on BBC World News.

BBC World News is one of THE WHY Foundation's most important partners. Via their extensive broadcasting network, reaching more than 200 countries and territories, the WHY SLAVERY? films can be seen by people all over the world. CEO Mette Hoffmann Meyer was invited to "Impact" to talk about the campaign with Philippa Thomas. 

Documentaries

Our preeminent documentary strand is curated annually and distributed through BBC World News and to over 70 local broadcast partners. These films are not available to watch online, but you can read more about each of the films in our series here:

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6 DOCUMENTARY FILMS /
70+ BROADCASTERS / 700 MILLION VIEWERS / LAUNCHING OCTOBER 2018

Using the power of strong storytelling as the foundation of the campaign, six compelling and informative documentary films will uncover the lives of men, women and children living as slaves in all corners of the world. Whether it is the deeply flawed Kafala System in the Middle East or the prolific number of children bought and sold in India, the WHY SLAVERY? series will shine a light on the millions of lives lived in the shadow of enslavement.Following the unprecedented success of Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? THE WHY is creating a ground-breaking new cross-media project that asks why slavery remains so endemic in the 21st Century.We aim to create the largest ever public media campaign about modern slavery reaching an unprecedented number of people through broadcast partners, online engagement, and in public spaces like schools, libraries, museums factories, and even football stadiums.

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Impact

To find out more about our impact download the individual impact reports under materials

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Show WHY STORIES? and become part of a global network of broadcasters. We operate with sliding-scale fees dependent on ability to pay. We donate World Stories free of charge to most broadcasters in low and middle-income countries. 

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Tell your story to a global audience: we are constantly on the lookout for good films. If you have film you think could be part of WHY STORIES? let us know. World Stories films are paid a standard license fee to cover worldwide distribution.

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Support us to extend access to independent factual films about the key global issues facing the world today. We work with a wide range of partners to extend access to independent factual films to audiences around the world.

Outreach

In addition to the broadcast of Why Slavery? films we are working with schools, universities, non-profit organizations and film festivals around the world to ensure the films reach a broad and diverse audience.

upcoming Events

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"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".

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Husets Biograf Copenhagen

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