Thursday, March 22, 2012

Guest Post: Anna and Modern Day Slavery, by Magda Olchawska

Today, I have the privilege and honor to host Magda Olchawska, an award winning filmmaker and children's writer.  I heard about her film project on Kurt Chambers' blog, and I decided to offer her my support as well.

I was very moved by her idea of making a movie about such an important, heartbreaking issue as modern slavery.  If you're like me, you know very little about this topic and you are probably even unaware that this problem exists in our society, not only in foreign countries, but even here in America.  Hopefully this film and the campaign surrounding it will help raise people's awareness on the issue.

I'm sure Magda can explain her project better than I do, so I'm handing her the mic.

Magda's Story

My name is Magda M. Olchawska & I’m a writer of children books, short stories and scripts & an award winning filmmaker.

I became interested in modern day slavery and human trafficking over a year ago.

The stories about sex slavery/human trafficking or modern day slavery that have been surfacing all over the world are horrendous and would make even the toughest of people cry.

After a good bit of crying I came to the conclusion that crying won’t do anyone any good. It was time to do something useful and make as many people aware of the problem as possible.

Since I’m a filmmaker & a writer I decided to write a script and make a feature narrative film called “Anna and Modern Day Slavery”.

Many of us don’t know (recently I was one of those people) that the sex slavery is one of the most profitable “businesses” in the world.

I can only guess that making “Anna and Modern Day Slavery” is going to be an emotional journey.

However I do believe that together we can make a difference and make people more aware of the huge problem humanity is facing.

What I’m intending to do with the movie?

Once “Anna and Modern Day Slavery” is made, I’m planning to enter the movie into various film festivals. Of course, to make my job and effort more fruitful, I’ll hire a publicist to help me choose the right festivals for the movie.

When we finish the festival circuits I’m going to make the movie available for everyone to watch online for FREE.

Yes, you heard it right. For FREE.

Of course for some period, let’s say two weeks, the movie will only be available exclusively for the supporters of the movie. But after that time passes, everyone will be able to watch it. The more people the better because...

... while making “Anna and Modern Day Slavery” my goal is not to make enormous amounts of money from it. I’m making this movie because I want people to wake up and see how cruel our advanced society is.

After watching the movie the audience will have a chance to make a donation towards making another Anna movie, (this time about illegal organ selling) & towards charities helping the victims of human trafficking. The charities will receive 55% of the total donations.

We will also have special packages for community & campus screenings of which 55% earnings will go towards the charities, too.

This is my IndieGoGo campaign page.  Please find some time to check it out and see how you can help.

If you would like to be daily updated on the movie progress please check out my daily blog.


Anna and Modern Day Slavery

After working for years in the top governmental agencies Anna is fed up with lies, corruption and injustice. She goes underground and sets up the Organization which is a secret network of people around the globe.

The Organization tries to make the society more aware of one of the pressing issues governments would rather not talk about. Anna isn’t afraid of using illegal methods such as hacking (she is one of the top hackers around the world) to expose corruption in high places.

Currently Anna is in Eastern Europe trying to expose a gang of human traffickers whose connections run deep into the political and business circles across the globe.

Pawel, a talented researcher, helps Anna interview someone who is deep inside the traffickers trade. He unwittingly gets entangled into the unstoppable current of events.

How to find me?

Twitter @magdaolchawska

Facebook:  Magda Olchawska

My website:


Please help Magda make this project a great success by offering her your support in whichever way you can, even if just by spreading the word!


Kristen Wixted said...

Really interesting, Annie. I have a friend who volunteers for an anti-trafficking organization here in MA.

MagdaOlchawska said...

Annie thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog. This is so kind of you.
If anyone has any questions reg. the campaign or the movie please get in touch.
Yes, the movie is going to be made to make people more aware of this horrible activity taking place in every country around the world. Also the movie will support charities that help the traffickees get back to "normal" life.
If anyone of you can support the project in any way please feel free to email me.

Barbara Watson said...

How human to human cruelty can exist in forms like this is something I will never understand. Your point about "after the crying" is what matters.

Emailman said...

This is such a great cause. I wish you all the luck in the world, Magda!

Marcia said...

This is unspeakably tragic. Bless you for getting the word out. I think just making people aware will have to be the first step.

Annie McMahon said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Annie for allowing me to become aware of this heart-wrenching story. I hope for the best for Magda!

Oh, and I've mentioned you in my blog today :) I hope you've never completed the 11 Questions before!

Gina Gao said...

This is a really good post. I am very interested in human trafficking, and hope to one day lead the fight against trafficking. Thanks for sharing.

Annie McMahon said...

Thanks for tagging me on your blog, Jack! 11 questions? That should keep me busy for a while.

Thanks, Gina! Everyone can make a difference. :)

Raymond Ladebo said...

With humility, I have pleasure in bringing to your attention my new novel REINCARNATED COMMODITY – "Phenomenon that refuses to die”; one of a series of three novels by Raymond Ladebo, published on Amazon – available on Kindle which allows you to read on Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mac, and PC. It is an advocacy styled fictional story contributing to the awareness raising efforts to eradicate Human Trafficking, Modern-day Slavery consciously presented from an African perspective.

“IVIE, Abiku-spirit child, only child of her middle-aged mother, was smart and graduated from secondary school before fifteen. She was sponsored to travel abroad for further education by her paternal Auntie Esomo who'd arranged with her wealthy daughter, Blessing, to assist her little cousin to Italy. The relentless attempts by a ruthless Madam to coerce the innocent teenager into prostitution cartel lead to unexpected consequences....."
The scarred girl's trials and tribulations propelled her from Italy to Britain, Egypt, and the United States of America where she was fortunate to find freedom

It is available on Amazon OR

It is hoped you’ll read this fascinating story and recommend to your friends and contacts in particular among educational institutions and the Non Governmental Organizations involved in the anti-slavery organizations, and the Child Rights International Network, UNICEF; UNFPA; UNIFEM, plus other UN Humanitarian Agencies.
With gratitude and our best regards

Raymond Ladebo

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