ONE CHILD EVERY 26 SECONDS IS TRAFFICKED GLOBALLY
“Film is my commitment to creating work that matters in our world. I wanted to film a documentary on global sex trafficking because it is a fast-growing horrific industry that tragically affects every child and woman worldwide. We can either do something or nothing. I simply chose to do something with the resources and creative talent that I possess and have access to as a professor in film. As a filmmaker, my intention is to tell the story. It was not possible to tell the story about human trafficking unless I visited the countries, met the victims face-to-face that were trapped in the sex trade – the pimps and madams that sell them, and the johns who buy them – but the true heroes are the non-profit organizations that rescue, restore, and reintegrate these innocent children. Creating awareness is not enough, but rather a call to action is ALL of our responsibility. It will not only take an army of heroes but also a village of ordinary people like you and me.”
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
– Audre Lorde
A POIGNANT AND UNAPOLOGETIC DOCUMENTARY ON GLOBAL SEX TRAFFICKING
Kelly Galindo, award-winning director, writer and producer of 26 Seconds, has won the prestigious Award of Merit Best Shorts Competition for Women Filmmakers; The Award of Merit for Liberation-Social Justice-&-Protest and the Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers for the Accolade Global Film Competition. 26 Seconds has also won Outstanding Excellence of Social Issues for Docs Without Borders Film Festival; and the Award of Merit for Best Documentary Short for Women Filmmakers for IndieFEST Film Awards. 26 Seconds has also earned Best Short Cause-for-Change for AIFA Fest; and Special Mention for Impact Doc Awards; and has also received a Special Mention for One-Reeler Short Film Competition. In addition, 26 Seconds documentary short has also been officially selected for the See It-End It Film and Arts Festival. These awards were given for Kelly Galindo’s exceptional documentary 26 Seconds. Galindo’s vision is to spread awareness and create a call to action by educating audiences by giving a voice to those who have been silenced. Human sex trafficking is the fastest-growing illegal industry in the world. There are more slaves today than any time in history.
Best Shorts Competition, the Accolade Global Film Competition, The Impact Doc Awards, IndieFEST Film Awards and Docs Without Boarders Film Festival recognizes film, television, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. In winning these film festivals, 26 Seconds joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of these internationally respected awards. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. And those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change and help set the standard as power catalysts for global change.
Best Shorts Competition Award winners have included Disney Interactive for “Vinylmation: A Love Story” and Oscar-winning production “Mr. Hublot” from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.
Accolade Global Film Competition winners have included the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomething.
The Impact Doc Award winners include many Oscar-winning directors including Louie Psihiyos for his 2016 Best of Show–Racing Extinction, Oscar-winner Yael Melamede for (Dis)Honesty–The Truth About Lies, and Emmy-award winner Gerald Rafshoon for Endless, Corridors, narrated by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons.
The IndieFEST Film Award winners have included internationally respected Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears Documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Peabody winner Leon Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes.
26 Seconds is a two-stage film project that reveals the global epidemic of child sex trafficking. The first stage is a two-hour feature documentary that is currently in post-production. The second stage is a dramatic documentary miniseries. Through a captivating journey across the world, Galindo reveals the ubiquity of the problem and the gravity of the damage sustained by this evil, destructive trade. In intimate interviews, the audience gets a raw, often shocking glimpse into the lives of children and women in various cultures and regions. The interviews include vivid details of how each victim was captured or lured into the sex trade, the horrors of their captivity, and the commitment of each individual, non-profit organization, crisis intervention team, and law enforcement in the fight to eradicate global sex trafficking. The film project exposes the underage sex slave industry from the United States to Asia and Africa. The 26 Seconds team is currently editing the feature documentary with three-time Emmy award winner, Mark Wilcken, as lead editor. The production will be making a strong push for top-tier film festivals, along with a PR campaign for the Academy Awards. Sid Ganis, the supervising producer for 26 Seconds, was the past president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences; he also served as chairman of the Academy’s International Outreach Committee up to 2017. Prior to this, Ganis has been on the board of directors at Marvel Entertainment until its sale to Disney. His film career in marketing and publicity includes working at 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Pictures.
Help us to defend vulnerable children and women around the world. Some are coerced, manipulated or kidnapped. Others are forced into it by close associates, like relatives, friends, boyfriends, and tragically, sometimes even by their own parents who become their traffickers. While there can be complex cultural and economic motivations at play, the sex trade is predicted on one undeniable reality. Every day around the world, countless boys and girls are bought and raped by grown men. The economic benefits of selling sex are irrefutable. Unlike drugs or weapons, children and women can be sold over and over again.
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. We are truly experiencing a “Social Shift.” Human Trafficking is a 21st Century phenomenon of modern day slavery impacted by mass migration, refugee displacement, terrorism and homegrown violent extremism and technology.
Advancing technologies will change crime and crime solving on a scale never before realized not only for our children but also for cartels, organized crime, pedophiles and predators of all kinds. Few law enforcement agencies, corporate and civic leaders are prepared to address the kinds of human exploitation that are generated against our children in the U.S and vulnerable adults around the globe. The challenge is to equip a cadre of global and U.S. experts for prevention, intervention and prosecution for human exploitation cases, bringing perpetrators to justice and providing services and safe haven to victims.
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