Trip 2 return – Ladyboys and a Merry Christmas
Red Earth has just returned from yet another successful shoot in South East Asia. Crammed into only a week and half, this trip included Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia with a goal of reshooting missing footage from the present script including interviews with human traffic survivor Chong Kim. Chong has one of the most remarkable stories you could imagine and her first-hand experience with the human trafficking and sex industry will add a powerful edge to our documentary.
Again we were wonderfully catered-for by the Destiny Rescue team. It is always encouraging to see the ongoing success of DR as they continue to witness the transformation of girls who were once slaves to the sex industry. The work of DR made a huge impression on Chong as well. After being involved with many anti-trafficking groups in the States and around the world, Chong declared Destiny Rescue to be one the very best she has ever encountered. Chong has committed to help raise the profile of both Street Dreams and Destiny Rescue – a wonderful by-product of our second visit to South East Asia. It is true to say that in Chong, Red Earth and Destiny Rescue has found not only an ally and advocate, but also a good friend (despite the fact that we abandoned her in a hardcore Lady Boy bar in Bangkok).
Red Earth is approaching 2012 with great anticipation as we prepare for the Street Dreams post April release. Along with Chong, Street Dreams is finding more and more supporters from the most unexpected places. This support is leading to negotiations with broadcasters and distributers both in Australia and overseas. It is hard not to get excited by the possibilities but there is so much work to be done. Look for a new version of the trailer to be released within the next few weeks and keep an eye out on our website redearthfilms.com.au and on this blog for updates. Go to www.chongkim.net for more information about the amazing Chong Kim.
Finally, on behalf of Red Earth Films, we wish all our supporters and friends a good Christmas and a fruitful New Year. But as you prepare to spend quality time with family and friends, spare a thought and a prayer for those children who are being denied their liberties due to the oppression of human trafficking and the sex industry. May we all continue to work together in the New Year for their freedom and healing.
Jason Bray and Mike Crowhurst
Red Earth Films