A new independent film Graceland - A Life for Every Lie covers a topic often treated as 'hush, hush.' The movie brings you into in the devastating and chaotic world of kidnapping, child prostitution and sex trafficking. Leon introduced us to the film's producer Rebecca Lundgren, the director Ron Morales, and the executive producer Theo Brooks. Just click on the audio podcast link part one, part two and part three to eavesdrop on our conversation.
Ron Morales' relentless research is focused on the human element, much as Roman Polanski pursued in Chinatown in 1974. Ron's original idea for documentary research was Shamanism, but as he was forming the character for that documentary, he heard some deeply dark stories of the lives, and ended up interviewing women, the clients, and the pimps who are involved in the Philippines sex industry. (I know thinking ... really?)
For example, he learned about a common practice, that the women also bring other girls and women from their families to join the sex business. This is the story that Ron wanted to tell.
The members of PinoyKubo, the many supporters of independent films, and those who want to be a part of sharing the story and possibly helping to bring an end to the sex trafficking industry step by step closer, please visit the Kickstarter link for Graceland - A Life for Every Lie and donate even just $1. We have 17 days to go as of December 20, 2012.
And ... the cool thing is how much the directing and production team are willing to share their knowledge and help with others interested in the independent film industry. They are giving away DVDs, soundtracks, posters and even screening help depending upon the donation.
I asked Ron Morales and Theo Brooks the question that haunts us, "What is the difference between the children of the clients in the clients' minds and the children in the sex industry in the Philippines and around the world? Do the clients see the other children as different?" Again, listen to the podcast to learn more. Let's bring the world of Filipinos, indie film friends, and those who want to take a step in helping to stop sex trafficking by donating a $1 or more at Kickstarter.