SCREENING CASE STUDY
THE RIGHTS LAB, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Home to the world's leading modern slavery experts and have built a large-scale research platform for ending slavery.
Organization: Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
Q&A Discussion with: Ambassador Minh Dang (Survivor Alliance), Lara Bundock (Snowdrop Project), Juliana Semoine (Rights Lab/The Salvation Army U.K.'s Modern Slavery Unit), Amelia Watkins (Rights Lab), and Melody C. Miller (Film Director).
"The film creatively articulated the reality of sex trafficking in California, and inspired a range of responses from the audience. " - Amelia Watkins, Rights Lab
What was the intended outcome in facilitating the screening?
This screening was part of a larger programme of events that engaged over 20,000 people in the theme of modern slavery over the past academic year. This event came under the 'education' strand of our work and was designed to educate people as to the reality of modern slavery, and to offer an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the issue.
Do you feel the intended outcome was achieved?
Yes, the intended outcome was achieved. We were pleased with the attendance, and the lively Q&A session that followed the screening. We had an experienced and well-qualified panel who developed themes of the film in a Nottingham context.
How do you feel the film supported your efforts and intended outcomes?
The film was essential to achieving these intended outcomes. The film creatively articulated the reality of sex trafficking in California, and inspired a range of responses from the audience.
Did any attendees disclosed sensitive information related to their own or suspected sex trafficking?
Yes; during the Q&A someone introduced themselves as a previous victim of sexual abuse.
Following the screening, did attendees seek additional services or resources related to sex trafficking?
Not to my knowledge, but resources and contacts were made available so individuals may well have sought these out.
Following the screening, do you feel people in the audience had a better understanding of sex trafficking?
Certainly; I spoke with numerous people after the screening who were shocked to learn how prevalent sex trafficking is in California, and how young people are who come involved. The film gave a good overview of the issue from various perspectives, and this was reflected in the range of questions in the Q&A session.
ADVICE TO FUTURE HOST
If you were to host a screening again, what would do differently and why?
The film is brilliant - but it is also very 'heavy'. Therefore, I would probably issue a welfare warning in advertisements.
What are lessons learned that would be important to know for future screenings?
A panel is a brilliant addition to the end of the screening - it gave attendees an opportunity to process and reflect on what they had just learnt and seen, and to really engage with the topic. We had a brilliant, strong panel from California's Forgotten Children, and local organisations, which also helped put themes of the film into a local context. I would also recommend partnering with a local cinema - the screening was professional and the event ran smoothly. It also meant that we had guests attending from the cinema's advertisements and not just our own.
Who do you feel is the target audience for this film?
What populations/communities would benefit from a film screening?
Anyone who doesn't already know about it.
Please explain in detail why you would or would not recommend this film to be screened to others in your community or at large.
I think this is an important issue and I recommend that this is screened to the community to raise awareness of such a prevalent but hidden issue. Notably, I would also recommend that screenings are conducted in a sensitive manner.