The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives. Learn more at www.priceofsex.org .
FJP: The Price of Sex was written, directed and produced by Mimi Chakarova, won the 2011 Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and the 2011 Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.
The newsmagazine recently sent Steve Kroft down to Capitol Hill, where he investigated a phenomenon that looks curiously like insider trading — yet appears to be within the bounds of the law — in which members of Congress receive non-public information one day, and then make financial investments related to that knowledge the next. Conservative think-tanker Pete Schweizer, who has researched the subject at length, called the practice “honest graft.”…
…Among the elected officials put under the microscope were John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and former Speaker Dennis Hastert, each of whom scored financial windfalls under questionable circumstances.
Bribery may not be a huge problem in the US, but worldwide it’s almost an epidemic, with some local governments sanctioning bribes of law officers to the degree that no one pays official fines any more. Instead, the officer gets his cut and part of it goes back to the government. It’s sickening and it’s rampant, especially in countries like Romania, Russia, Mexico and many other nations.
Bureaucratics takes readers on a visual journey through the mundane, unavoidable and surprisingly uniform world of paper pushers in Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, the United States, and Yemen.
"Bureaucratics [is] the product of an anarchist’s heart, a historian’s mind and an artist’s eye. It is a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents, selected on the basis of political, historical and cultural considerations.”