Uncovering the devastating legacy of Israel’s long, unregulated sex trafficking industry, on a generation of silenced, stateless women.
UPDATE July 24, 2011
We have reached our fundraising goal!!! Thank you all for your contributions.
While our goal was reached, please keep in mind that the goal is the minimum we need to pay for the production costs. Any additional costs will go towards post costs. 30 hours left. Please send this link to friends and family so they can be active in the fight against sex-trafficking in Israel and around the world
Please click on the green button to your right and contribute to Holy Ghetto Film.
NOTE ABOUT KICKSTARTER
If we do not reach our goal by July 25, we will not receive any of the contributions and your credit card will not be charged. Please click on the green “Back this Project” button to the right so that your pledge can be counted and we can continue telling this important story and put an end to sex trafficking once and for all.
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION BE USED FOR?
Olga was kidnapped from the former
Soviet Union at age 17 and sold to sex traffickers in Israel, where her price
was negotiated over a cup of coffee between her handlers.
Today, Olga is free from drugs and sex slavery, struggling to make a better life for herself and her 18-month-old daughter. At the end of this summer, after living in Israel for 15 years, Olga will stand trial and either be deported, or granted legal status to remain in Israel with her baby daughter. If she is deported, Olga will be forced to return to Russia where she no longer has any family ties or friends.
The upcoming trial is a central part of our story, the outcome not only vital for Olga and her daughter, but could set a precedent for all future trafficked women in Israel. Your contribution can make a crucial difference for women like Olga and help advance just policy and reparative action on a global level and in Israel, which is the only country and democracy in the Mideast that battles sex-trafficking.
ABOUT HOLY GHETTO
The film traces the personal narratives of 3 sex-slaves in Tel Aviv’s red light district who are trying to liberate themselves from a cycle of prostitution, drugs, poverty and abuse, and an American whose independently operated shelter struggles to help them.
STATEMENT FROM THE DIRECTOR
My Journey to Israel starts with my roots: Tel-Aviv's red light district is literally the backyard playground of my childhood. The problems that Olga, Yanna, Irena and Dave are facing are personal and universal: problems of neglect, despair and displacement. My intention is to give voice to these marginalized narratives and raise questions that may connect policy makers with the stories of sex trafficking victims. This documentary is ultimately hopeful and YOU, the viewer, can participate by taking action.
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes! While the $7,500 goal will satisfy our short term, minimal requirements to continue the production of the film, there is much to be done. Additional tasks will go towards transcribing, translation, hiring a full time editor and further, extensive Post_production work.
We appreciate your tremendous support. Together, we can change the way the world views human trafficking.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
Holy Ghetto Film Official Website
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Jun 10, 2011 - Jul 25, 2011
Pledge $10 or more
Receive an online credit! Want your name associated with fighting slavery? This is a great start. Get a shout out on our Facebook page and a thank you on our website.
Pledge $30 or more
A fully downloadable version of Holy Ghetto complete film.
Pledge $50 or more
Aside from the downloadable version, you’ll also receive a hard copy DVD signed by the Director/Producer, iLan Azoulai.
Pledge $80 or more
Goodbye to the boring, standard definition DVD. We’ll send you a Blu-Ray special edition of Holy Ghetto with special features, such as amazing video clips (shot on HD) and still photos from the different set locations in Israel.
Pledge $100 or more
Keep on piling the goodies. This level gets you a special limited-edition Holy Ghetto poster signed by the Director.
Pledge $150 or more
All of the above, plus the chance to be our first test audience. We will send you a reaction form to fill out after an advance online screening of our rough cut. Your notes will greatly influence the final cut of Holy Ghetto!
Pledge $180 or more
10 x times CHAI (CHAI in the Hebrew language comes from the word life). Give the gifts in multiple of 18, and let this contribution be to LIFE (CHAI). Stack all the previous awards, and receive a customized still images slideshow from Tel-Aviv and other places in Israel. Experience the Israel through images.
Pledge $250 or more
All of the above, PLUS a thank you phone call from Filmmaker/Producer, iLan Azoulai (anywhere in the world)
Pledge $360 or more
20 x times CHAI (CHAI in the Hebrew language comes from the word life). Give the gifts in multiple of 18, and let this contribution be to LIFE (CHAI). Add to this level a 5-10 minutes customized video of the locations I have been filming Holy Ghetto in, and other sites in Israel including Jerusalem, the dead sea, the Galilee, Jaffa, and more.
Pledge $850 or more
All of the above, plus an invitation to the VIP section of one of our screenings or launching events in NYC, Los Angeles, Boston, and other cities across America.
Pledge $1,600 or more
All of the above, plus a private dinner with Filmmaker/Producer, iLan Azoulai, where you can discuss Holy Ghetto and the journey behind the making of the film.
Pledge $4,500 or more
The above stacks! Associate Producer credit on the film (and therefore, on IMDB.com as well)
Pledge $9,400 or more
All of the above, and iLan will fly to your hometown and provide a personal pre-screening of the finished film Holy Ghetto upon its completion and before it’s public release (US only). Also, you’ll receive an invite for you and a guest to the premier of the film where you get to sit with the Holy Ghetto team and then join us to a private dinner.