We're all connected to Human Trafficking. It's time to Break the Chain.

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Break the Chain has received a Fiscal Sponsorship through the non-profit Driftseed - an organization dedicated to raising awareness for gender-based issues through the use of art and documentary storytelling.  Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue our work in educating communities about the issue of human trafficking by supplying:

 

  • Educational Discussion Guides for students to accompany the Film
  • Distribution & Educational Screening materials
  • Break the Chain Apparel
  • Film Festival Entry fees

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About the Film

THE STORY

BREAK THE CHAIN  is a feature-length documentary film that addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.  The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards.  Kwami, a child survivor of Labor Trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed.  Debbie, a survivor of Sex Trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-Area between the ages of 13 and 18.

 

Accompanying the stories of these survivors are nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. The film teaches us that what we see in the media about human trafficking is one small sensationalized form - that it occurs anywhere and everywhere within our world.  More importantly, viewers will learn how we are all connected to this extremely profitable business and that we have the power to choose what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

 

 HOW THE FILM IS USED

We are a different kind of film.  BREAK THE CHAIN is being developed for the sole purpose of education, awareness and providing a valuable resource for the non-profits, shelters and law enforcement agencies that work to end human trafficking every day.  At it's very core, this is a community film project - we are working directly with so many different organizations and taskforces to create a film that is desperately needed for the Human Trafficking community.

 

 

Now Providing Educational Test Screenings for Human Trafficking Organizations throughout Michigan

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The Crew

Laura E. Swanson

Co-Director / Producer / Production Manager

Kirk Mason

Co-Director / Editor

Emily Sigler

Associate Producer

Michael Nabozny

Editor / Crew

Caitlin Woudstra

Associate Producer / Crew

Garrett Gillingham Music Composer

David Root

Crew

Casey Shipman

Associate Producer

Hunter Pamer

Crew

Emily Chen

Crew

Jennifer Berggren

Crew

Dani Dillon

Associate Producer / Crew

Ian Siporin

Crew

Savannah Smith

Crew

Chloe Hiner

 Production Assistant / Community Outreach

Erica Marra
Production Assistant / Social Media Marketing

Becca Robinson

Production Assistant

Kristina Moore

Graphic Designer

Tyler Lux

Web Designer

Jena McShane

Photographer

Casey Olsen

Production Assistant

Elena Petrovich

Intern / Education Guide Coordinator

Elizabeth Weitzel

Writer/Editor

Contact

For more information or to request a screening, please contact the producer,

Laura E. Swanson

(517) 331-0766

breakthechainproject@gmail.com

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We're all connected to Human Trafficking. It's time to Break the Chain.

View the Trailer

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About the Film

THE STORY

BREAK THE CHAIN  is a feature-length documentary film that addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.  The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards.  Kwami, a child survivor of Labor Trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed.  Debbie, a survivor of Sex Trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-Area between the ages of 13 and 18.

 

Accompanying the stories of these survivors are nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. The film teaches us that what we see in the media about human trafficking is one small sensationalized form - that it occurs anywhere and everywhere within our world.  More importantly, viewers will learn how we are all connected to this extremely profitable business and that we have the power to choose what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

 

 HOW THE FILM IS USED

We are a different kind of film.  BREAK THE CHAIN is being developed for the sole purpose of education, awareness and providing a valuable resource for the non-profits, shelters and law enforcement agencies that work to end human trafficking every day.  At it's very core, this is a community film project - we are working directly with so many different organizations and taskforces to create a film that is desperately needed for the Human Trafficking community.

View the Film

Partners

Film Subjects

Resources

The Crew

Laura E. Swanson

Co-Director / Producer / Production Manager

Kirk Mason

Co-Director / Editor

Emily Sigler

Associate Producer

Michael Nabozny

Editor / Crew

Caitlin Woudstra

Associate Producer / Crew

Garrett Gillingham

Music Composer

David Root

Crew

Casey Shipman

Associate Producer

Hunter Pamer

Crew

Emily Chen

Crew

Jennifer Berggren

Crew

Dani Dillon

Associate Producer / Crew

Ian Siporin

Crew

Savannah Smith

Crew

Chloe Hiner

Production Assistant / Community Outreach

Erica Marra

Production Assistant / Social Media Marketing

Becca Robinson

Production Assistant

Kristina Moore

Graphic Designer

Tyler Lux

Web Designer

Jena McShane

Photographer

Casey Olsen

Production Assistant

Elena Petrovich

Intern / Education Guide Coordinator

Elizabeth Weitzel

Writer/Editor

Contact

For more information or to request a screening, please contact the producer,

Laura E. Swanson

(517) 331-0766

breakthechainproject@gmail.com

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Film Subjects

Michael Nabozny

Editor / Crew

Caitlin Woudstra

Associate Producer / Crew

Garrett Gillingham

Music Composer

Elena Petrovich

Intern / Education Guide Coordinator

Elizabeth Weitzel

Writer/Editor

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