The Long Night Movie (feature documentary)
Run Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Set in Seattle, Washington, the feature documentary film The Long Night gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives are forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking. The Long Night is not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of what it has been like for Natalie and Lisa to survive the life; for Tom and Nacole to watch their daughter slip out of their hands; for Andy and his fellow police officers, Brian and Joel, to try and create a more just system.
Filmed and directed by award-winning photojournalist Tim Matsui, The Long Night is an intimate and visceral testimony to those who have lived this crisis.
A Path Appears - Episode 1 (documentary)
Run Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
In the first episode of A Path Appears, we meet the survivors behind these shocking numbers, and illuminate the widespread existence of this violent crime taking place across America. Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof travel to Nashville where they visit the Magdalene House and meet Shana Goodwin, who guides them through the streets where her mother first sold her to a pimp at the age of 12. Shana, and the other survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution, paint a complex picture of the problems that exist and the solutions we need to see.
In Boston, Blake Lively joins Kristof as we witness the devastating moment when Maria discovers her missing 15-year-old daughter, who she feared had fallen prey to a trafficker, being sold through backpage.com. Followed by relief from her daughter’s successful return and recovery. Then we meet Savannah, another young trafficking survivor who was stalked by an older man on a “sugar-daddy” website and then sold only to be held in sexual bondage. Months into her recovery, she is rebuilding her relationship with her mother, whose own history sheds light on the generational nature of trauma and exploitation.
Approximately 15 percent of American men regularly purchase sex, but few are ever penalized. Kristof and Malin Akerman address this statistic in Chicago where we go behind the scenes on a sting operation to crack down on the buyers of sex on the annual, nationwide Day of Johns Arrest.
In Plain Sight (documentary)
Run Time: 1 hour 8 minutes
The In Plain Sight campaign seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. The In Plain Sight team set out to make an educational and motivational film (featuring Traffick911) that was filled with HOPE and ACTION. There’s enough debilitating depression surrounding the issue of sex trafficking, and they've found that depression (or fear) doesn’t motivate anyone for too long. That’s why they focused on the stories of six female abolitionists who became aware of the issue and chose to do something extraordinary in their cities – open an aftercare home for survivors. By the way, the film isn’t titillating or sexy in any way. The interviews are intimate, raw, and powerful, but they didn’t feel the need to make something this tragic out to be something sexy…because it’s not.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (documentary)
Run Time: 1 hour 43 minutes
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting faith-based documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries (including the U.S.), Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers. Nefarious features expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders, and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope and vision.
8 Days (feature film)
Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
On the heels of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s strong anti-trafficking bill (SB92), SHAREtogether 501(c)3 has produced a feature film to bring awareness and raise support to stop the sex trafficking of American children. 8 DAYS is inspired by actual events. Through talking to Homeland Security and the Dallas police precinct, domestic minor sex trafficking happens in our own backyard, in websites everyone uses and hotels across our streets. This has to stop. These stories have to be told. Proceeds from the film go to anti-trafficking organizations including Traffick911.