Gillian's Open Road
The Privilege of Freedom (1:04)
Life With Integrity (0:29)
Committed to Social Justice (0:52)
To Try To Change The World (1:51)
New York, NY
Public Television: Season 3
Human Rights Program Witness
art gallery, changing the world, commitment, documentary, freedom, high 8 cameras, honesty, human trafficking, impact, intent, paintings, responsibility, roadmapped to do something, Russian mafia, slavery, social justice, video cameras, women's issues
- She knew from a young age that she wanted to get into social justice work.
- Her parents had a gallery, kept a painting of a CIA mercenary urinating on a political prisoner in their living room; had a great effect on her.
- Bought one of the first consumer-grade video cameras, was determined to make a documentary that would change the world.
- She'd done international human rights work, knew women's issues; these qualifications led a friend to approach her to help stop human trafficking.
- Went undercover, posed as a buyer interested in buying women, documented the whole thing.
- After the documentary, Bought and Sold, aired, she drafted a Congressional resolution that led to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
- Says that Americans have the privilege of freedom and the responsibility to try to ensure that freedom is afforded to others.
- Thinks we're all hardwired to do something in this world; "all the seeds of whoever you are, are there-the question is just accessing it and fulfilling it."