"Tema International School the only school on the African continent that is competing with 8 schools from around the world in the International Schools Film Festival from Vienna International School in Austria. TIS Insight TV chose to treat Child Trafficking as the main theme with the sub-theme child labour for the documentary, relating it to the Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Peace and Justice). The main aim of this documentary is to educate and create more awareness about child trafficking in our modern world and also to raise funds to support victims at the City of Refuge, Ghana.

Imagine this, waking up to water being poured on your body, at 4:00am in the morning, you’re supposed to be in school yet, the first thing you do is jump into a freezing cold lake with dangers unknown to both you and your mentor. No goggles, no protective gear, just you and pair of shorts that have no protection. This is a day in the life of a child as young as 6, that has been trafficked and later sold to do child labour. The mental, physical and emotional pain is indescribable that is why the Tema International School Insight TV has taken it upon ourselves to show what it is and not just tell. The journey has been inexplicable, from the countless trips, the bonds formed, the tears shed. The reasoning behind the topic chosen was how easy and fast footage could be filmed even just by taking a camera walking down the street. We realised how much of a prevalent problem it was and instantly we knew we had to create more awareness about child trafficking and child labour.

Our first visit which moulded our storyline was to the City of Refuge, we met a young man who told us his heartbreaking story after that visit Insight TV had a newfound determination to create awareness through an eye-catching short film. The second visit was seemingly a normal day in Ghana walking Jamestown, on the beach with a drone, yet unknowingly the children gave us all we needed- unfortunately, their everyday life. The mere fact that we saw children as young as 4, not in school but unloading fish made the whole team understand the severity of the problem. Our last but not least trip was to IOM, where we were informed and taught about how to inform on Child trafficking effectively, which played a major role in how we presented our message.

Our film couldn't give a very detailed story as we wanted to due to the submission criteria but we were able to evoke the emotion needed to how big of a problem we were treating, unfortunately, due to time constraints for the film we weren’t able to use most of the interviews of IOM UN Ghana, which would have been a major boost of information, if we were to do this again we hope to show everyone how much of an impact IOM UN Ghana has had on Child Trafficking in Ghana as well how to prevent or recognised a trafficked person. That is why an extended version of our documentary will be shown on campus to the entire Tema International School community to give more insight into child trafficking after the pandemic. All members of the team had to make sure to work together, from the directors behind the camera or the editors making sure to pay attention to every detail in order to put the storyline together.

Working on this project for the competition has allowed us all to step out of our euphoric bubble and understand the harsh realities of life we normally do not see, learning and having this experience creates a bond within a team that simply cannot be broken. We will be looking forward to joining next year's competition."

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