The main aim of Human Rights documentaries is to create consciousness in order to protect legal rights. It provides a platform for alternative films and give a voice to the oppressed. Some top documentaries in this regards are…
The Day My God Died
This documentary filmed in Nepal and India presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. They describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude as, The Day My God Died. The film provides actual footage from the brothels of Bombay, known even to tourists as “The Cages,” captured with “spy camera” technology.
It weaves the stories of girls, and their stolen hopes and dreams, into an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery. The documentary also introduces the heroes of the movement who are working to abolish child sex slavery and who remind us that, “these are our daughters.”
During the making, in Bombay alone, 90 new cases of HIV are reported every hour and the girls suffer up to an 80% HIV/AIDS infection rate.
Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention
Immigration is a key issue in the US presidential election, with the Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants.
But under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high.
Every day, the US government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at the cost of $5.5mn a day. That is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country’s immigration detention centres.
Slavery :Global Investigation
True Vision of London produced this 80-minute documentary inspired by the book Disposable People. Filmmakers Brian Edwards and Kate Blewett actually buy slaves in Africa and help free child slaves in India. The film exposes slavery in the rug-making sector of Northwest India, the cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast, and even the home of a World Bank official in Washington, D.C. Small, personal stories of slavery are woven together to tell the larger story of slavery in the global economy.
Birth in Nepal
Nepal has some of the worst maternal death statistics in the world, with some six women dying in childbirth every day.
Despite the political instability of the past ten years of civil war, the Nepalese government is introducing measures to improve safety for mothers but so far little seems to be working.
Subina Shrestha, a Nepalese filmmaker who is herself five months pregnant, sets out to find out why so many mothers are dying in childbirth. In the following account she looks at the human stories behind these statistics.
India: The Land of Missing Children
Documentary investigating the trafficking of children in India for the sex trade in Calcutta and Bombay. Looks at how young girls from rural and mountain areas are either kidnapped or lured into sex slavery with the promise of jobs in the city. Reporter Sam Kiley interviews some of those involved, and follows the routes taken by the traders and their victims and accompanies police and the Rescue Foundation charity on raids on brothels, rescuing underage girls.
The Globalization Tapes
“The Globalization Tapes” is closer to the memories of the massacre that cleared the way for Indonesia’s ‘modernization’. This film was shot by actual Indonesian workers who after working in the fields each day would work on the film.
“The Globalization Tapes” exposes the devastating role of militarism and repression in building the “global economy”, and explores the relationships between trade, third-world debt, and international institutions like the IMF and the World Trade Organization.
“If we are united in our struggle against worker oppression, united in our search for truth amidst lies, united for a truly participatory democratic economic system, the possibilities are only limited by our courage, our determination, and our capacity to imagine.” – Su Karman, narrator of the films.