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A feature doc by Oscar© winner David Goodman tells the stories of some of the most at risk and marginalized women in the world today

Thank You! We're Thrilled to Have Met Our Funding Goal! Now on to Our STRETTTTTCH Goal!

We're not resting on our laurels, and we hope you won't either. We're working toward our stretch goal of $25,000. With your help, in the next five days we will raise $7,000 more. When we do, this additional $7,000 will magically translate into $32,000 thanks to our Executive Producer Abigail Disney's $25,000 challenge offer.

Join Other Voices About "Singers"

"This is a film the American people should see. And one that addresses serious issues about the intersections of poverty,  militarization and imperialism - with violence against women." - Eve Ensler, Playwright Vagina Monologues (View Her Full Letter in Support)

"I, for one, strongly believe it's high time that this aspect of U.S.  militarism be exposed." - Abigail Disney, Executive Producer (View Her Matching Funding Letter)

Documentary on Prostitution, Global Sex Trafficking, and the U.S. Military

"Singers" in the Band exposes the role the United States plays in fostering prostitution and trafficking of women and examines the military culture that tacitly supports it.  The film embeds the compelling stories of the women and children within a broader framework of the complicated narrative about the sex trade and international politics. Visit the Official Website to learn more about the process of making the film: http://www.singersintheband.com

For nearly 30 years, Academy Award Winner David Goodman has worked to make this film to expose the inextricable link between the U.S. military culture and global sex trafficking.

In doing so he sheds light on some of the most at risk women and children in the world today. 

What began with work in the Philippines for the American Friends Service Committee in 1985 revealed a complex multi-layered legitimizing of sexual exploitation and trafficking of Filipino women into debt bondage and sex slavery. 

Goodman realized that for the morale of U.S. servicemen in South Asia his own government allowed these abuses, and at times even operated brothels. 

With each layer peeled back, Goodman exposed more of the problem... and encountered more resistance to documenting it. 

In order to expose this scam, over many years involving trips to the Philippines and South Korea, David Goodman resorted to posing as a military contractor, shooting with hidden cameras, and working to gain the confidence of human traffickers, military servicemen, and human rights activists alike as well as the trust of the brave women and children themselves who had been prey to these abuses. 

"Singers" in the Band documents a human rights debacle that three governments; South Korea, the Philippines, and the United States openly recognize, work to cover up, and have done little to stop. 

Comprehensive and thorough, "Singers" in the Band painstakingly investigates military-generated prostitution and global trafficking spanning nearly thirty years, and documents a history of more than a century of abuses... Goodman indisputably proves that this problem persists with unfortunately no end in sight unless we the people decide to do something about it.

Why A Serious Documentary?

Facts About Human Trafficking:

1) In 1949, the United Nations declared Human Trafficking a Crime Against Humanity.

2) In 2013, Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise today.

3) 80% of victims are women and girls.* 

4) Human Trafficking generates 32 billion dollars annually.**

5) 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year.***

6) The United States currently has more than a thousand bases in over 150 countries.

7) According to our information no U.S. servicemen, Department of Defense civilian employees, or U.S. hired military contractors have been successfully prosecuted for either soliciting prostitutes or for having sexual relationships with trafficked women in South Korea since the U.S. military declared a "Zero Tolerance" pollcy for such actions in 2004.

* Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2007

** Source: LIO, A global alliance against forced labor: 2005

*** Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2007

Production Status: In Post-Production

Working with award winning director and editor, Paula Heredia, David Goodman went through hours and hours of footage shot over the course of 3 decades and put together a phenomenal rough edit.  This rough cut needs to be fine tuned, sound needs to be mixed, and titles and graphics need to be added. The cost for the post house alone will be roughly $25,000. 

Filmmaker, activist, and "Singers" in the Band Executive Producer, Abigail Disney has pledged a matching grant of $25,000 if we are able to raise a total of $25,000 on our own. So $25,000 translates into $50,000 just like that!  This would not only completely fund the final edit, but also pay for preliminary press outreach, legal fees, and digital prints allowing the film to start its journey out into the wider world!

Who Is On The Team?

Map by Phoebe Titus

Here's one of the hand drawn maps Phoebe Titus created for use in the film
Here's one of the hand drawn maps Phoebe Titus created for use in the film

Prints by Cynthia Back:

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The film is nearly completed, and what is left is well defined in scope and budget. The big challenge will be getting the film out into the world; into festivals, into theaters and into distribution. We are launching an ambitious two-year promotional campaign to maximize exposure and impact. The film deserves and demands that. In many ways this campaign will be every bit as challenging as making it. We are pushing ourselves to create and execute the most innovative and intensive indie feature documentary imaginable.

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