so this is a film that i worked on last summer. i was the audio engineer and worked alongside a crew, half of which whom i had never served with before. it was a very heavy week and half over which time we filmed this story.
i remember coming in that tuesday morning to Manasseh and having a two hour long meeting during which time we were shown a presentation and heard personal stories of women who have been trafficked on the streets. and not just any streets; the streets of grand rapids. the streets of our city. my city.
it was so real. so close to home. i could hardly handle it. story after story, image after image, this was real and close enough to touch. i have always been an advocate against human trafficking, but this project threw into sharp relief just how close to home this injustice comes to my own backyard.
one of my favorite things the director of the piece said having finished the project was how this story changed his own heart and attitude toward prostitution. he no longer looked at these women as immoral, but rather saw them as exploited and trapped, broken, misused, and tortured. his heart broke for them. it was a feeling we all felt; a deep and sacred pain to want to restore these women.
it’s an impossible cause with just a few, but together human trafficking can be brought to an end.
i’m honored to have been able to help tell this story.