Short film based on Law Centre trafficking cases shortlisted for UK award
Law Centre contributes story to Unchosen competition film
A short film based on a composite story of Law Centre cases involving trafficking and forced labour has been shortlisted for a UK-wide award. The film will be unveiled at the Unchosen Modern Day Slavery Short Film Competition awards ceremony in Bristol on 9 October, with a panel of judges including film director Ken Loach.
Meanwhile, you can read more about the competition, the Law Centre's involvement and the 'Jurgis' story, on which the film is based, in this Culture Northern Ireland article: http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article/6509/unchosen-short-film-competition
Last year's films can be seen here: http://www.unchosen.org.uk/films.html
The 'Jurgis' story, submitted by the Law Centre, was written as a composite of a number of cases we have encountered in our work with victims of trafficking. It tells of a young Lithuanian man lured to Northern Ireland on the promise of a good position, who is met at the airport, whisked away to a rural location, tricked into surrendering his passport and made to work 12 hour-days packing eggs for £20 a week. The film makers have relocated the story to England.
The Law Centre's Anti-Trafficking Young People Project is funded by Comic Relief.
Unchosen is a charity founded in 2008 to combat forced labour and exploitation.
Home Office awareness raising film
In a separate development, the Home Office has produced a short film to raise awareness of trafficking and forced labour, with help from Unchosen, ECPAT, The Salvation Army and the NSPCC. The 7 minute film is aimed at professionals who may come in to contact with potential victims (but is also suitable for the general public). It contains information on the types of labour exploitation victims can face, as well as advice on the signs to spot and how professionals have an important role to play in identifying and safeguarding victims. You can see it here: http://youtu.be/Jv1H_fAoOG4