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Not My Life Has a New Look

We are excited to announce the launch of our re-designed website at notmylife.org


Expanded stories from Not My Life: Learn more about slavery today, and hear from those working on the front lines to end modern-day slavery around the world.You may have noticed notmylife.org has been re-designed. Our new site makes it easier than ever to explore Not My Life, learn about the issue of modern-day slavery, and get involved in the movement to end it. Some new features we think you will enjoy include:

  • User-friendly navigation: Our new site features scrolling pages, action buttons, and a simplified menu making it easy to find your way around.
  • Quick-buy options: Now, you can purchase the Not My Life DVD or Download directly from notmylife.org. As always, you can visit the Human Trafficking Awareness Action Center for even more Not My Life purchase options.
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There Is More to Be Done

Dear Friends,
 
We here at Worldwide Documentaries have always tried to embody Margaret Mead’s oft-quoted belief that one should never doubt the capacity of a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world. 

We are a small group, and we have committed, with the global distribution of Not My Life, to the challenge of changing the way the world thinks and acts with respect to the most heinous human rights violations of our time: global human trafficking and slavery, and the mass exploitation our planet’s children. 
 
The impact of our work has been great, and it promises to be greater. Since 2012, Not My Life has been seen by millions of people at public screening and community events, television broadcasts, classrooms and homes around the world, but there ismore to be done.
 
As a not-for-profit organization, we face the same challenges, in terms of day-to-day operation, that are a fact of life for any non-profit, large or small. Proceeds from sales of Not My Life— DVDs and screening packages— go directly back into our efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking, as do donations from individuals like you who believe in the importance of our work. 
 
During the month of May, as we prepare for a special opportunity to raise awareness in India, where a child disappears into slavery every 8 minutes, we are asking you to consider making a donation of any amount to help us bring Not My Life’s message of courage and hope to the people of this great country. 
 
With thanks for your ongoing support of Not My Life and our efforts to give a voice to the voiceless.


Robert Bilhimer
President
Worldwide Documentaries
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UNICEF USA Uses Not My Life to Shut Out Trafficking

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF's End Trafficking project has partnered with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) to implement Shut Out Trafficking on ten university and college campuses across the US over the 2014 - 2015 academic year. The week-long outreach program utilizes screenings of Not My Life, PSAs, academic lectures, tabling, petitioning, and more to raise awareness and promote action to end human trafficking at participating schools.

To date, the program has reached thousands of students at college campuses across the U.S. including La Salle University, St. John's University, Brown University, and University of Central Florida, Tulane University, University of Denver, Chicago State University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Alabama.

Student reactions to Not My Life have been powerful. Below is a testimonial from a student at St. Johns University. To read more of her reaction, click here.

"After watching Not My Life, my world was turned upside down. I could not believe I went day to day without knowing the terrible suffering and atrocities people have to go through each and every day around the world and right here in the United States...This video had me questioning what I really knew about the things that were going on in the world. It influenced me tremendously to the point where I am looking for summer work opportunities to work on the issue. I implore you to watch this video, and hopefully the strength of this film will have the same impact on you as it did on me." 

To stay up to date on Shut Out Trafficking events, follow #ShutOutHT on social media, or read End Trafficking's blog

 

 

Speak Out Against Sexual Violence for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Angie from Worldwide Documentaries on Vimeo.

For victims of commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence is an everyday reality. 

Angie, whose story is featured in Not My Life, was just one of nearly 100,000 children trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the United States each year. Help us spread the word that sexual violence of any kind is unacceptable, and raise awareness for the millions of exploited children worldwide.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to educate our communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it.

In recognition, we’re offering 20% off all orders placed at notmylifeactioncenter.com through April 30 using discount code SPEAKOUT. Host a house party, training event,classroom or public screening of Not My Life in your community, and speak out against sexual violence.

To learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness month, click here.

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It's Never Too Late to Raise Awareness

Host a House Party

Although National Human Trafficking Awareness Month is drawing to a close, its never too late to raise awareness! Hosting a Not My Life House Party is a great way to spread the word about modern-day slavery any time of the year. 

Our House Party Kit has everything you will need to spark dialogue and inspire your friends and family to take action against human trafficking. Order yours in the Not My Life Action Center! Every House Party Kit includes:

  • 10 Invitations    
  • Not My Life DVD or Download    
  • How to Host A House Party & Not My Life Discussion Guide Booklet    
  • 10 Handout Cards for Guests    
  • 1 Awareness Ambassador T-Shirt
Want to learn more? Download our new House Party E-Book!

Don't forget! Through January 31, you'll save 20% off when you order a House Party Kit or Public Screening Kit. Enter code AWARE2015 at checkout to receive your discount.

To pay with a purchase order, please contact us, and we would be happy to apply this discount to your order.
 

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Take Action for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month -- the perfect time to get involved in the fight against modern-day slavery! Plan a screening of Not My Life, or attend one happening in your community. Our re-designed Human Trafficking Awareness Action Center has everything you'll need to plan, promote, and execute a successful screening, including:

Throughout January, save 20% OFF Not My Life screening kits at notmylifeactioncenter.com. Enter coupon code AWARE2015 at checkout to receive your discount.

To pay with a purchase order, please contact us, and we would be happy to apply this discount to your order.

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Shopping for the Holidays? Shop AmazonSmile and Help Fight Human Trafficking

This holiday season, shop AmazonSmile and help support Worldwide Documentaries and the Not My Life Awareness Initiative. Every time you shop, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. All donations to Worldwide Documentaries help support our work to raise awareness of human trafficking in communities around the world.

To get started, use your existing Amazon account through this AmazonSmile link, or create a new account at smile.amazon.com. Be sure to select Worldwide Documentaries Inc. as your charity.

We encourage you to share this AmazonSmile link with your family and friends. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and for your commitment to raising awareness of human trafficking. Warmest wishes for a peaceful holiday season.

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Human Trafficking is Slavery

Help spread the word with our all new Human Trafficking Awareness T-Shirts. Get yours in Not My Life's Human Trafficking Awareness Action Center.

 

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New Versions of Not My Life Now Available

 

 
Worldwide Documentaries is pleased to announce that updated and revised versions of Not My Life are now available in the Not My Life Store.

The feature length and abridged versions of Not My Life have been re-edited following news of Somaly Mam's resignation from the foundation that bears her name. Prior to this edit, Not My Life contained a story focused on Somaly and the work of her foundation. We have since removed this segment so as not to detract from the important information in the film.
To purchase an updated and revised version of Not My Life, visit notmylifedvd.com.
For those who have previously purchased a DVD of Not My Life, please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with the new version of the film at no cost; we only ask that you pay for shipping. 
 
For those who have previously purchased a download of Not My Life, the link you were provided with at the time of your order has now been updated to reflect the new version of the film. If you need assistance with download links, please contact us.
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Not My Life Reaches 460 Million on Indian Public Television

 

On June 29, 2014 Not My Life aired on Indian Public Television to an audience of 460 million people, opening the eyes of Indians from all walks of life to the realities of human trafficking, nationally and globally. 

The acclaimed documentary, translated into Hindi, aired on Doordarshan (DD) National, India’s public television network, in its “featured film” 9:30 – 10:30 pm time slot. The broadcast enabled some of India's poorest and most vulnerable populations to view the film in a language they understood, hopefully enabling them to be alert to the problem and protect their children and families. Audience reaction was so powerful following the Sunday evening telecast-- with both urban and rural viewers placing a high number of phone calls to DD headquarters--  that the film was re-telecast Monday morning, June 30, to reach policy and change makers who watch DD National at 7.30 a.m.  

“My observation is that Not My Life has triggered something very deep in our national psyche, and that a real movement for change may be at our doorstep”, says Mike H. Pandey, producer for the Earth Matters series, and co-producer of Not My Life / India. 

Planning is currently underway for a re-broadcast of the film, this time in English, on Doordarshan and other Indian television networks. The broadcasts are part of a larger, three year awareness campaign being launched by Worldwide Documentaries and its partners to change the way Indian's perceive and respond to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. 

“One of the many compelling features of Not My Life for Indians is that it does not shy away from the problem we have here, but it also helps us understand that we are not alone in this. Trafficking and slavery are human problems, really, not just Indian problems”, says Bina Rani, CEO of iPartner, India, a partner in the nationwide awareness campaign.  

Not My Life producer and director Robert Bilheimer believes that Not My Life / India may prove to be a watershed moment for human rights not only in India, but around the world:  “Any major human rights movement needs a vigorous public discourse in order to succeed. If we can get hundreds of millions of Indians talking and thinking about human trafficking by exposing them to a film like Not My Life, then meaningful, sustained action will not be far behind. We are thrilled and encouraged by the response we’ve had so far, and intend to build on it— not only in India, but beyond its borders as well.”

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Breaking the Links: Youth Movement Against Slavery

 

 Not My Life has partnered with Breaking the Links, a new youth-focused, action-based awareness campaign to raise young people's awareness of modern-day slavery.

The campaign, which includes 4 steps to joining the modern-day abolitionist movement, will be introduced in 9 cities across the United States this summer by anti-human trafficking expert Matt Friedman and his two teenage sons, Brandon and Damien.

Emphasis is on youth attendance, but ALL are welcome to attend these events which are free and open to the public.



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