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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Documentary on OFWs pitched to cable TV

A FILM documentary on overseas foreign workers is being pitched to
network cable, a statement from its producers said.

"Modern Day Slaves," according to the statement, "is a social issue
feature film documentary intended to bring awareness to the human
rights abuse phenomenon that is prevalent worldwide yet sadly
undisclosed, regarding OFW's (overseas foreign workers)."

"The documentary, which has just completed production, is currently in
negotiations for network cable, TV and home video distribution," the
San Jose, California-based GTC Films Inc. said in the statement.

The statement said filmmaker Ted Unarce sought to bring the issue of
OFWs "to light so that it is openly discussed in the media, academia
and the American public."

"Overseas foreign workers, numbering in the millions, leave their home
country to find work in other parts of the world, and often find
themselves trapped in a slave-like existence, abused and forgotten by
both their home country and host country," the statement quoted Unarce
as saying.

It added: "Third world governments support this slave-labor trade,
akin to human trafficking, as it brings in billions of dollars by way
of remittances."

The statement cited as an example the Philippine government, which it
said, "openly encourages its citizens to become overseas foreign

The statement said the film "follows the lives of four Filipino
overseas foreign workers from different social-economic backgrounds."
"The stories depict rape, severe physical and psychological torture
and even a beheading, to outline how human rights are violated and to
illustrate the horrific consequence of human trafficking."

"While such problems of the Third World are daunting and perhaps
uncomfortable to watch, it is critical for those of us in the First
World to look at them with eyes wide open. With the recent financial
collapse worldwide, more Americans are fleeing the United States to
find work elsewhere. The film 'Modern Day Slaves' is a cautionary
tale," Unarce was quoted in the statement as saying.

More information at www.moderndayslavesmovie.coml

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