Can you tell me about your current project?
Anna & Modern Day Slavery is a feature film I shot in 2012. Anna, a strong and independent woman, leaves her partner and high paid government job behind to set up an underground organization that exposes corruption and injustice, which is spreading like a virus around the world. Her IT/hacking skills come in handy when she discovers international sex slavery networks that run deep into the governmental and corporate structures. Her investigation leads her to Eastern Europe where one vital contact sets her on track to discover horrific truth behind human trafficking. To keep up on top of things Anna recruits Pawel, a talented researcher who unwittingly becomes entangled in the unstoppable current of events. Together they risk everything to unravel the secrets behind a major trafficking ring and to shed public light onto the horrors of sex slavery.
What do you hope this project will achieve?
I’m hoping that Anna & Modern Day Slavery will make more people aware of human trafficking and the fact that trafficking can happen to anyone anywhere. It’s not limited to third word countries. There is a lot of trafficking going on in the UK and US.
Who is the target audience?
My target audience apart from people involved and interested in human rights are people of any age who are into more challenging movies and people who want to make a difference in the world.
What message do you want the audience to take away with them?
To understand that human trafficking is a huge problem and we, as the society, have to do anything we possibly can to help the victims, to understand the victims, not to blame them. To get as many people involved in the dialogue that has been going on for some time on how society should change to stop trafficking/slavery altogether.
What stage is the project at now?
The movie is in a can. Now I’m editing Anna & Modern Day Slavery. So this is the most important part of the project before we can move forward with the finished film.
Are you looking for people to be involved?
Like any independent movie, we are always on the lookout for more money. So if anyone would like to support us (all the money we collect right now will go towards sound and music post-production), please check out this link and see what perks we offer for the support: http://annaandmoderndayslavery.weebly.com/support-the-film.html.
What are your plans for the future?
Make more movies, write more books and become a better activist on behalf of those who can’t speak.
Where can people find out more about you and Anna & Modern Day Slavery?
Our movie’s website: http://annaandmoderndayslavery.weebly.com
The Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-and-Modern-Day-Slavery
I can be contacted directly via my website: http://magdaolchawska.com
Recommended websites/further reading:
This is a link to a book I wrote for children about trafficking/kidnapping – some parents don’t like it because they don’t think trafficking/kidnapping of kids exists. But it does. So to those parents I have to say: Please, wake up. It’s a magical book, there is nothing violent or drastic in the story. So if you are a parent and would like to talk to your kids about stranger danger, this is the book for you: Mikolay and Julia In the Attic.
C.R.E.E.R. – the charity I’m working with
Lynn Robertson – a real life role model & inspiration
Human Trafficking Awareness USA website
Anna and Modern Day Slavery official website