THE FRANGIPANI STORY
Our story is about an amazing group of people who have rescued children from the sex trade and given them a safe place to heal.
WHERE IT STARTS
At the border crossing at Mae Sai, Thailand, children are recruited to be used in the sex trade. Once whisked away to Chiang Mai, these kids lose any opportunity to choose the life they want. Degraded through forced prostitution, they eventually turn into recruiters for the sex trade themselves in order to escape it.
Into this situation comes Kru Nam, an artist who has dedicated her life to rescuing children from abuse, and building a home where they have the opportunity to choose a new life and get a second chance. There, with the help of the staff and the use of proven methods, the kids learn to trust again and to heal.
WHY THIS MOVIE NOW
Our world is in crisis. This story shows what one person can do. That one person shows others the way to find the power of their own voices and the power to become instruments of change. We hope to give our audience an opportunity to see what hope looks like in the darkest of circumstances. And we look forward to participating in the healing process as well as filming it. Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to leave something of ourselves behind as well as bring this story home.
WHO WE ARE
We are seven filmmakers who have decided to use our talents for change. Having heard the story of Kru Nam through Christal Earle, the co-founder of the Canadian charity Live Different, we have come to the realization that our silence is our consent. This documentary will break that silence.
Christal Earle has worked with Kru Nam since 2007. Her support for our documentary is an important vote of confidence, and she has agreed to give us full access to herself, Kru Nam, and her team.
Documentaries usually tell the story of victims through interviews. We have decided to protect the privacy and dignity of these children above all. That means telling their stories in new ways – without submitting them to further indignities and exploitation.
The Frangipani story is what made activists of us all. In our introductory video, Christal gives us a glimpse of the story. On our update page you can hear the whole story. It’s the story of how one woman decided that she could no longer be silent.
It’s the story that gave birth to this project.
Throughout the month we’ll be posting video introductions so that the indiegogo community can get to know us and understand our motivations individually.
WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?
The kids come first. The seven of us have already raised $15,750 for the safe house's operation while we're there. So in addition to filming, we'll all be involved in building a better home. The $29,500 we're asking for on this campaign is for the production budget.
Thank you for considering a donation to our project. Don't let your silence be your consent.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS
Jeffery Marshall, Celeste Thorson, Peter McAuley, Meaghen Mckenna, Sugith Varughese, Screen Pages Inc, Casey Lynn, Edna Magder, djpj'z Ma, Moniquem O'neill, fzuckerman, Catherine Robertson ,David Philips Jones, Kayla Baxter, Quatro Group, Meissa Espina, Kim De Simone, Andrew Allen, Rylee Keys, Dgiles, Anna Kemble, Lily Theilmann, Hauch.linda, Krista Baker, Maryann.kehoe, Kathee O'Neill Cole, Alex Robertson, Cathy Jean, Cindy Kerr, Deirde Morse, Liv Sa, Patrick Perron, Cheryl Downes, Ralph.donna, Hansenkj, JamesGrovesOtt, Carlyons41, Joan Underhill, Tim Walma, Dustin Dubiel, Sultan Al Saud, Evelyn Lyons, Nora Underwood, NoraUnderhill, Hayden Foreman-Smith, IGroves, TAAG, Philip.Cheetham, Renee.Cloutier-Mcken, Sara Schmidt, Geoffrey Gunn, & the ubiquitous "Anonymouses".
THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT
Mohamed Hassan, Toronto Film School, The Office Pub, The Rivoli, Indiegogo and Breakfast Television