Premiere Screening of Trafficked – The Reckoning @ Bella Union Trades Hall

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Latest Events
Tickets on sale now @ Bella Union

 Arts in Action invites you to the Premiere screening of Trafficked – The Reckoning –  an inspiring story of former police officer Chris Payne’s quest to find the man who enslaved a young Thai girl in a Sydney brothel. This one hour documentary is the first film to go into production for FairTrade Films and is financed through SBS Television, Australia, Screen Australia, and Film Victoria.

East Timor Film Fundraiser

Proceeds from this screening will go towards the making of East Timor’s first locally produced feature film – “A Guerra Da Beatriz” a co-production between FairTrade Films, Dili Film Works and John Maynard. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and Chris Payne after the screening plus the Australian and world Premiere of 3 short films made by Dili Filmworks, East Timor’s first wave of Filmmakers.

WHEN: Tuesday 13th September 2011 

WHERE: Bella Union – Level 1, Trades Hall Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets Carlton South (enter off Lygon Street).

TIME: Doors open at 6.30pm film starts at 7.30pm

Tickets on sale now @ Bella Union 

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Trafficked – The Reckoning is an inspiring story of a former police officer’s quest to find the man who enslaved a young Thai girl in a Sydney brothel. Ning was thirteen when she was trafficked to Australia and sold to a Sydney brothel operator.  Ning’s moving story was first told in the documentary Trafficked which sent shock-waves around the nation and holds the record for the highest rating ‘Storyline Australia’ program for SBS TV. In 2007 Ning became the first slave in history to win victim of crime compensation. Jetsadophorn Chaladone, AKA Ning, was awarded $50,000 by the Attorney General’s Department of NSW for the multiple child rapes committed against her in 1995. This groundbreaking decision set an important precedent for millions of sex slaves globally.  News of the ruling was reported around the world and featured in popular women’s magazines like Marie Claire, Madison and New Idea.

But the Australian man who imprisoned Ning for ten days and who forced her to have sex with over one hundred men was never arrested.  Ning remembers him well and he is mentioned repeatedly in immigration records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act but his name is blacked out.   So his identity is unknown, as the state or the Federal Police did not investigate the incident.  Shortly before Ning was apprehended an AFP operation to combat sex trafficking was closed down.  Chris Payne, who ran Operation Paper Tiger, was ordered not to investigate Ning’s case. He did, however, attend Immigration’s interrogation of Ning and was deeply moved by what he saw; a young child, crying and shattered by the horrific rapes she’d endured.

Chris Payne  

This sequel is a tough and suspenseful investigative documentary that takes us into the brutal underworld of the slave trade in Australia and Thailand. It will grip audiences as they follow two remarkable people, Chris Payne and Ning, struggling to put to rest an incident that has haunted them for fifteen years.

Watch out for Trafficked – The Reckoning on SBS Television, 20th September 2011.

Directed By: Luigi Acquisto

Written By: Luigi Acquisto, Chris Payne

Produced By: Stella Zammataro, Luigi Acquisto


FUNDRAISER for A Guerra Da Beatriz – East Timor’s first locally produced Feature Film

Luigi Aquisito and Stella Zammanato of FairTrade Films will produce this historic film A Guerra Da Beatriz together with Dili Film Works, East Timor’s first film & television Production Company and John Maynard, the producer of Balibo. The President of East Timor, and Noble laureate, Jose Ramos Horta, has pledged his support for the film. SBS Australia and The World Movie Channel have acquired the film for broadcast. The finished film will have a gala premiere screening in Dili, tour East Timor’s districts, be entered into prestigious film festivals, be presented at film and television markets and be available for sale on the Internet and as a DVD.

Production starts in October with $50 000 needed to get this film rolling. So help make history and support Timor Leste’s first feature film.

“After 300 years of foreign colonisation and occupation we are free to tell our story. Help us make history”

The Story

A Guerra Da Beatriz is a love story inspired by a true 16th century French story about Bertrande de Rols and her husband Martin Guerre. In this adaptation the story has been transposed to East Timor on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of the Portuguese colony.

The story starts in September 1975 with the wedding of Beatriz and Tomas in a small mountain village in the heart of Timor. Several months later, following the Indonesian invasion of Timor, Beatriz and Tomas, along with hundreds of others from the village, flee to the mountains. They are captured in 1979 and resettled in the village of Kraras.

In 1983 Beatriz gives birth to a son. The child’s life is threatened when Indonesian soldiers massacre every male in the village, over two hundred children and men, in retribution for an attack by the Timorese resistance. Tomas, Beatriz’s husband, is arrested and disappears. Beatriz is unable to find Tomas’s body and desperately holds onto the hope that he has somehow escaped and will return.

Tomas returns sixteen years later, in 1999, following East Timor’s independence. He had fled to the mountains and fought with the resistance. It is a passionate and moving reunion. Beatriz discovers a different man to the boy who left her years earlier. Tomas is now wiser, gregarious and loving. He has learnt much from life and war.

But as time passes, Beatriz makes a chilling discovery. She becomes convinced that Tomas is an impostor, that she has mistaken a stranger for her husband. Who is this man? Why has he taken on a new identity? Tomas’s sisters and family accuse Beatriz of treachery, of being mad. But she is determined to discover the truth.

A Guerra Da Beatriz is the haunting, passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought.

The Team

A Guerra Da Beatriz has been written by Irim Tolentino, an award winning Timorese author, and Luigi Acquisto. Bety Reis will co-direct the film. Producers are John Maynard and Stella Zammataro. Jose Da Costa from Dili FilmWorks will co-produce the film.

The cast will feature Irim Tolentino as Beatriz. Irim is an original member of the renowned Bibi Bulak theatre company in East Timor. She worked on Balibo and has starred in many local theatre and television productions. Jose Da Costa will play Tomas. Jose is East Timor’s most experienced actor. He played major roles in Answered by Fire and Balibo.

FairTrade Films is committed, through its charter, to an equitable and ethical working relationship with its East Timorese partners. Profits from the film will go to Dili Film Works to finance training and future development and productions. Read Fair Trade Film’s Mission Statement

A Guerra Da Beatriz will be the first in a succession of exciting East Timorese films that tell the story of the nation through the eyes of Timorese writers, directors and producers. Most importantly it will contribute to a sense of nationhood by identifying themes and histories that unite rather than fragment the Timorese people.

If you would like to know more about the film, join the Beatriz Fan Club, sponsor or invest in the film, please contact Stella Zammataro


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