Finding Home is a gripping documentary following the lives of three young Cambodian women who were victims of sex trafficking at a young age. Filmmaker, Derek Hammeke, brings to life the brutal and evil world of modern day slavery. Through three years of filming their post trafficking experiences, Hammeke allows these young women to reveal their stories with dignity. The viewer will see the devastation and heartache of these tragic stories, but will also experience hope and joy as they journey with these young women on a path from victim to survivor. Finding Home reminds us that we are all connected in our humanity; that we are all looking for a place of love, acceptance and community. A place called home.Written by
As stories which victims of trafficking goes, they tend to move you and mobilize your empathy, so in if I'd let that decide my verdict I'd rate it 10/10. All the victims of this movie deserves top grades for their bravery, their openness and their progress in life. They show the true face of a broken heart, which is Cambodia.
The filmmakers and the protagonist is utterly problematic and leaves this movie as no more than Christian propaganda, only barely disguised to be able to communicate to a wider audience. If this was the only problem of the film it'd still be OK. I'm not against Christianity per se. My major issue with this movie is the filmmaker himself, who spoils this brilliant opportunity to say something deep and overwhelming about the situation among many young women, and instead decides to be a propaganda tool for a cooperation run by the Sarah Palin of aid; Stephanie Freed.
I tried hard to keep my mind on the subject here, my eyes on the victims, my attention on their stories, but this self-obsessed dilettante is constantly in the way of exploring or engaging in any deeper content. They are not exposing truth in this movie, they are talking about one American self proclaimed "soccer mom"s relationship to three young, foreign girls.
If she would stay away from the movie, or only function as a voice-over it'd be fine, but here she's trying to be Werner Herzog or something, and she just doesn't have the intellect or voice to do so. It's speculative, instrumental and last but not least; dangerous. It's colonialism through a lens, it's treating the people of this country as fools and it warps the image of the content.
In the end I applause the Khmer people of this movie, but it's summarized in one sentence, where an American leader of an orphanage tells one of the girls; "the bravest thing you've ever done is to not kill your child" (abortion).
The Americans who goes over to Cambodia or other countries in similar situations need to realize that these problems are generated because of incidents induced by their own nations policies and warfare. Cambodia will not be saved by narcissists who walks around catching former prostitutes like they were cute Pokemon's.
That Netflix chose to buy this thing is to me incredible. That they chose to call it a documentary is even worse. This is not a documentary. It's an advertising movie for the businesses of Stephanie Freed, and it contributes to a banalized and limiting view on both prostitution and the nation of Cambodia.
Stephanie Freed is using these women to become the symbol of charity, but in the end she's only exploiting them, like everyone else has done in their life already. They don't need a poser with a middle age identity crisis to use them as puppets, they need real and practical help.
This is not a movie. This is not reality. It's not even trash. It's neo liberal and conservative Christian propaganda, double dipped in YES WE CAN style and rhetoric.
It's a fad, a fluke, a jippo and a disgrace,
"America is not the world."
Steven Patrick Morrissey
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