Director: Frances-Anne Solomon
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Year of Production: 2013
Total Running Time: 30 min
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Human Traffic – Past and Present documents the 2011 Conference on Human Trafficking, organized by the Duke Center of African and African American Research, where difficult questions about this issue are tackled. Slavery is defined as an “”economic crime… it is about maximizing profit by minimizing or eliminating the cost of labor” (Siddharth Kara) even as modern slavery is revealed through the phenomenon of migrant workers and even sweat shops in the fashion districts of New York and Los Angeles. Artists also show recorded testimonies of human trafficking victims and an art exhibition “Transporter” adds to the visual and verbal conversation.
The concept of the ‘good’ victim is raised. The victim who has not been kidnapped but who has entered into an illegal activity to escape to a better life and has got more than (s)he bargained for.
Born in England of Trinidadian parents, Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, producer and entrepreneur in film, TV, radio, theatre, and new media.
Her directing credits include Feature Film s A Winter Tale (2007), Peggy Su! (BBC Films, 1997) What My Mother Told Me (Channel 4 1995), and Bideshi (British Film Institute 1994) documentaries, Literature Alive (Bravo!/OMNI, 2006), Reunion (BBC,1993), I Is A Long Memoried Woman (Arts Council of England 1991) and the hit sitcom, Lord Have Mercy!.
In addition to pioneering the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, Frances-Anne Solomon also founded Leda Serene Films, and the CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution company.