“Lilya 4-Ever” (2002): This important film tells the story of Lilya, a girl growing up in the poorest conditions in Russia. A relationship of her mother’s opens up the promise of a new life in America to Lilya, away from the poverty and drugs around her. However as this glint of hope is cruelly snatched away we see Lilya forming a bond with younger Volodya and the two of them seek happiness in the depths of this despair. As Lilya meets a man who offers her a new life we begin to wonder if Lilya is truly destined to have another chance at escape.
“The Day My God Died” (2004): Tells the story of young girls whose lives are destroyed when they are sold and trafficked from Nepal into the child sex trade in India.
Director: Andrew Levine
Available from: Vancouver Public Library
“Borderless” (2006): A film outlining the root causes of migration to and exploitation of legal and illegal immigrants in various professions in Canada. This film gives voice to the dreams and struggles of undocumented workers in Canada.
Director: Min Sook Lee
Available from: KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives)
“Born Into Brothels” (2004): Documentary about children living in brothels in the red light district of Sonagachi, Calcutta, India.
Director: Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman
Available: most video stores
“Say I Do” (2002): Chronicles the stories of three mail-order brides from the Philippines now living in Canada. In order to escape lives of poverty and support their families, these women married men they didn’t know. Upon arriving in Canada, they found themselves isolated in the remote regions of a country
Director: Arlene Ami
“Life and Debt” (2001): Addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and current globalization trends and policies on a developing country (Jamaica).
Director: Stephanie Black
Available from: most video stores
Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress
Melissa Farley,PhD, editor (1998), Haworth Press.
Not For Sale
Christine Stark, Rebecca Whisnant, eds. (2004), Spinifex Press.
The Natasha’s: Inside the Global Sex Trade
Victor Malarek (2004), Arcade Publishing.