As part of my 36 Hope Expands Series, I am practicing proximity by sharing the film The Long Night by Tim Matsui with other members of The Global Team of 200. The film is free to watch through this weekend.
The film follows lives effected by domestic sex trafficking in the Seattle area.
Seattle. The United States. Human trafficking happens here too.
The film is difficult to watch. Being exposed to such profound pain is not fun. I almost deleted this whole post, when I realized that part of proximity is hard.
I would like to share two parts of the film with you.
Lisa, a heroin addict and prostitute, arrived at Genesis (a program implemented by the police to help trafficked minors into a new life.) A police officer gave her a bathrobe. She wept at the simple act of care.
Here you can see a photo essay of Lisa’s journey.
The runaway returned home, yet felt she would never be able to win her parents forgiveness. ‘I didn’t need to. They loved me unconditionally.’
Tim Matsui has not stopped with just making the film. He worked with The Fourth Act, an organization that brings storytellers and images together to create change and The Fledgling Fund doing the same through filmmaking.
There are hard things out there that shouldn’t be. It is so easy to look away.
Our challenge is to look and shrink the distance between us and those in need and respond.
It’s about proximity.
Start by viewing this photograph. It is cause to pause.