Not My Life is a 2011 American independent documentary film about human
trafficking and contemporary slavery. The film was written, produced,
and directed by Robert Bilheimer (pictured in Senegal during filming),
who had been asked to make the film by Antonio Maria Costa, executive
director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Not My Life
addresses many forms of slavery, including the military use of children
in Uganda, involuntary servitude in the United States, forced begging
and garbage picking in India, sex trafficking in Europe and Southeast
Asia, and other kinds of child abuse. Fifty people are interviewed in
the film, including Don Brewster of Agape International Missions, who
says that all of the girls they have rescued from child sex tourism in
Cambodia identify Americans as the clients who were the most abusive to
them. The film was dedicated to Richard Young, its cinematographer and
co-director, after he died in December 2010. It had its premiere the
following month at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New
York City. Not My Life was named Best World Documentary at the 2012
Harlem International Film Festival.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_My_Life>
Today's selected anniversaries:
John Balliol was chosen to be King of Scots over Robert de
Giuseppe Verdi's first opera Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio,
was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (pictured), was enthroned as
Tibet's head of state at the age of fifteen.
General Sani Abacha ousted Ernest Shonekan to become chairman
of the Provisional Ruling Council of Nigeria.
Administrators at the Climatic Research Unit at the University
of East Anglia discovered that their servers had been hacked and
thousands of emails and files on climate change had been stolen.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (obsolete) Covered by dew.
2. (obsolete) Of gaudy, tasteless, or unsubtle colors.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
In everything that lives, if one looks searchingly, is limned
the shadow line of an idea — an idea, dead or living, sometimes
stronger when dead, with rigid, unswerving lines that mark the living
embodiment with the stern immobile cast of the non-living. Daily we move
among these unyielding shadows, less pierceable, more enduring than
granite, with the blackness of ages in them, dominating living, changing
bodies, with dead, unchanging souls. And we meet, also, living souls
dominating dying bodies — living ideas regnant over decay and death.
--Voltairine de Cleyre