£1000 stretch goal - new aim is £8000.
After 10 days we reached our original target of £7000. We massively appreciated all the support given by our wonderful backers. Now we have the opportunity to push forward and reach a new STRETCH GOAL. The original £7000 is all we need to get the film made. We can now turn our attention to putting money into a film festival strategy. An additional £1000 will ensure that we enter a large amount of festivals. The more festivals we enter the more chance we have of the film reaching a wider audience and gaining exposure for an important subject matter.
If you like our project then please consider giving even though we have hit our goal. Rest assured every additional penny will go back into the project.
Safe Space is the story that chronicles the relationship between Sarah and Apenya. Sarah is a key workers in a women's safe house. Apenya is a new resident and Sarah's new client. The story begins when the two first meet and ends when they say their final goodbye.
As a woman suspected for being a victim of sex trafficking Apenya is allowed to remain in a high risk safe house until the UK Home Office make a decision on her status as a trafficked individual whilst a simultaneous decision is being made on her asylum status in the UK.
Sarah's job is clear - to maintain a professional relationship with Apenya, to offer support, help and guidance, to help Apenya assimilate to her new environment and to give her the tools she needs to be successful moving forward. The boundaries are set and they're clear. However the emotional toll of avoiding a personal relationship with a client that is coming to terms with such trauma is a challenge for Sarah.
The project has the support of Unseen. They're a leading UK charity for the prevention of human trafficking and the support of victims. Although Safe Space is an independent short film and not made for a charity we're still very proud they have thrown support behind the film. The charity gave us access to one of their safe houses which lead to in depth conversations with key workers. The film not only accurately follows the procedural elements of a trafficked individual once entered into the system but it also reflects the emotional journey of many experience key workers.
Here are some of the things they had to say about the project:
"The script for Safe Space is powerful and compelling and captures the complex emotions and dynamic between a key worker and client."
"It is very authentic. You have captured it all! Each emotion and tension and nuance. Brilliant!"
"It's amazing how without having visited the safe house ben has captured everything from the space itself to the relationship between key worker and survivor."
Why we're making it
So many films that explore human trafficking explore that act of trafficking or someone that is trapped in that situation. For us we wanted to tell the story of what an individual might go through once they're 'rescued' and put in the system. For many this is just the start of their story. The road of recovery. The harsh reality behind facing their trauma.
Ben S. Hyland - Writer/Director
Rebecca Grant - Actress/Producer
Adam Smith - Producer
Since we're making a film about human trafficking it's very important to us that we ensure that we pay everyone involved. Human trafficking and exploitation go hand in hand. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and often people help each other out for the love of the project. In this instance we didn't feel that was the right thing to do based on the subject matter.
Alongside ensuring everyone is paid it is also important to secure our location, hire kit, feed our cast and crew, pay for everyone's out of pocket expense (travel), include post production costs and all additional costs associated with film festivals.
Rest assured that every penny will be put back into the project ensuring that it's the best possible film that we can make.
Risks and challenges
Safe Space tackles a socially relevant issue that many people will have experienced. The biggest challenge is remaining true to the subject matter and ensuring that we get it right. We've had support so far from key workers that work in safe houses and directly with high risk women that are suspected of being trafficked for sexual exploitation. Keeping those individuals close with any questions or uncertainties will be an important part of the ongoing process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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