The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Winner: Best World Documentary, Harlem International Film Festival
Filmed over four years on five continents, directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer, and narrated by Glenn Close, this intense and thought-provoking documentary is the first film to depict human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Child labour, child soldiers, and sex trafficking are all parts of an international business bringing profits to some and misery to many others. Shot on 16mm film, this is a comprehensive picture of the inhumane treatment to which all too many people are subjected against their will throughout the world.
This screening will include a sneak preview of footage from Robert Bilheimer’s new film, “Heart of the Matter”, and it will be followed by an extended discussion and Q&A with the director, and Sanjoy Hazarika, International Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
Admittance is for persons aged 18 and over only.
Meet the director
Robert Bilheimer, President of the non-profit organization Worldwide Documentaries, is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers working in the world today. In 1989, Robert was nominated for an Academy Award for Cry of Reason, a feature-length documentary that profiles the South African anti-apartheid leader Beyers Naude. Since that time, he has made carefully crafted documentary films on a wide range of social, cultural, and humanitarian concern.
Robert is presently working on a new film, Heart of the Matter, about the intersection of the global migration crisis and the human trafficking industry.
Joanna Ewart-James is the Executive Director of Freedom United, the world’s largest anti-slavery community. She also sits on the board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in London and the Labour Behind the Label Trust, campaigning for workers’ rights in the clothing industry.
“beautifully made and deeply impassioned”
Jack Garner, Gannet
“thoughtful, powerful, and deeply compassionate”
Helene D. Gayle, CARE USA
“Not My Life will change the way we see our lives”
Susan Bissell, UNICEF