Heart of the Matter


 

 

A FILM ABOUT THE TRAFFICKING OF REFUGEE AND MIGRANT CHILDREN IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND AROUND THE WORLD.

Conceived as a companion piece to Not My Life— the first film to depict the horrors of human trafficking on a global scale— Heart of the Matter  focuses on the unfolding tragedy of the enslavement and exploitation of children as a result of rapidly growing refugee and migrant populations in the EU and around the world. 

“The situation faced by refugee children— often unaccompanied by parents or relatives—  represents a perfect storm of vulnerability” says the film’s director, Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer.  “Yet no one is dealing with this aspect of the crisis in the EU or anywhere else. It's an across-the-board failure the likes of which I haven't seen in 25 years of human rights storytelling."

From the “the Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, France, to the shores of Italy and Greece, to the violence-torn countries of Central America where thousands are seeking safety in the United States, Heart of the Matter is both a warning about the human traffickers, whose greed and cruelty know no boundaries, and an impassioned plea on behalf of hundreds of thousands of mobile children who have no voice, no future, and nowhere to go. 

”Creating room for people is not only doable,” writes Chimamanda Ngozi Aidichie, “it is the moral imperative of our time.” Heart of the Matter eloquently affirms this truth. We must make room for our fellow human beings, the film says—  in our communities, our countries, and above all, in our hearts.

LATEST NEWS: FILMING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2016 IN CALAIS, FRANCE FROM "THE JUNGLE" REFUGEE CAMP WHERE HUNDREDS OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS ARE PRIME TARGETS FOR TRAFFICKERS. 

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