So what do you do once you finally reach your destination after working for a few years towards a particular goal? You go to Ottawa!
I had the privilege to jump on a plane with my brother Matthew, director of She Has A Name, to screen the film on Parliament Hill with an audience of Senators, MPs, Ambassadors and government staffers. It’s exciting to see that people across Canada so clearly want an end to child sexual exploitation.
The event was graciously co-hosted by MP Irene Mathyssen and MP Arnold Viersen and it was very encouraging to see Canadian politicians from different parties stand together and agree on this important issue.
The film was very well received and we had the privilege of speaking with those gathered about the corruption that allows trafficking to thrive, the challenges we encountered as we filmed, and what it means to be Canadian filmmakers doing independent projects.
We’re thrilled that out of this screening we were able to make plans for more screenings across Canada!