Lights, camera, action!
Young people in Thailand are learning creative ways to take action against human trafficking. StarKids has helped 10 Thai youth learn the art of short film-making so they can raise awareness about trafficking and exploitation.
StarKids supports World Vision’s anti-trafficking program across South-East Asia. Through the program, the teenagers were selected to participate in the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Youth Forum.
In forum workshops, they learnt film production, storyboarding, character building and plot development to help them create awareness-raising films about trafficking and safe migration and to drive social action.
Buder, 19, said, “I don’t have any experience in filming, I thought it would be hard for me, but this session showed me how and I think when I go back to our village, I will be confident that I can do it.”
Sixteen-year-old Mint added, “I am thankful that I have this chance to be a producer of a film. It will help people in my community to understand more about human trafficking and for them to become aware of the hard situation that the victims are going through.”
When they returned home, the teenagers scripted and produced their own short films and entered an anti-trafficking short film festival, a joint initiative of World Vision, the Thai Government and MTV EXIT. Three films were awarded prizes and will now be distributed by the Thai government in local communities and schools.
Through youth and community activities like film-making, World Vision has responded to over 350 human trafficking cases in Thailand this year.
*This program is also supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Words: Therese Johnson | Photos: Jay Mark Mijares/World Vision