City of Hope: A Children’s Story documents the stark life of Brazil’s favela (slums) children, and is a feature-length documentary capturing the lives of displaced children caught in a seemingly unending web of drugs, violence, prostitution, sexual slavery and deliberate acts to exterminate these unwanted children. In a country with an enlightened government, it is also a film of hope and salvation as both government and Brazil’s affluent private sector work to save these children.
Friday, December 17, 2010
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
We are planning a trip down to Brazil to start shooting a 30-minute version of this 90 to 120 minute documentary. We were wondering if anyone might be willing to donate their United or American Airline mileage to us in order to fly down to Brazil. If anyone is interested we would be most grateful for the donation.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Just want to share some memories of Salvador. My favorite city in Brazil. The picture of doors includes me and my friend Linda. The photo on beach is of me and my friend Heidi. My friend Joel is with one of the native women of Salvador.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Over the last several weeks I've been applying locally for grants for operating cost. Today I received a $100 gift card from the Princeton Target. I just wanted to make a public thank you to this store and Kimberly Austin, Executive of Guest Experience. Kimberly was very gracious and the gift card will go a long way in helping purchase office supplies. Thank you Kimberly and the story.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I received this email this morning from Mellissa Briley. I happen to be Greek and she is living in Greece and viewed this blog on Linkedin. I am very touched that she is moved by the story "City of Hope: A Children's Story". We continue to seek funds to shoot this film and have set up a link to PayPal for any contributions that anyone feels that they might want to make.
Mellissa Briley has sent you a message.
Subject: Thank you!
Thank you for connecting. :) I was just checking out your website and was very touched.
I'm an American living in Greece and I have seen and heard much. Many young girls are kidnapped from the Balkans and put into sex rings. Four year old children are forced to beg on the streets and are beaten if they do not return to the "boss" with money. It is such a huge problem and I fear people are ignorant about it.
Looking at your work has inspired me to sit down and organize these encounters. Perhaps we could collaborate in the future?
All the best,
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It's been too long since I've written. On Wednesday June 16th I had the pleasure of speaking to the Hamilton Rotary Club. I believe that this story really has to be told. Capriole Productions is seeking funds to make this film. We are a non-profit company so any donations would be tax deductible. If you would like more information please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Friday, June 4, 2010
While doing research for our documentary "City of Hope: A Children's Story" I came across many articles about Brazil's epidemic with prostitution. According to one Brazilian Congressional report, Brazil has the highest rate of child prostitution in Latin America and the second highest rate in the world. The Brazilian Centre for Children and Adolescents has estimated there are 500,000 Brazilian children involved in prostitution.
REAL LIFE CASE STUDIES
1. In Foz de Iguacu, in the south of Brazil, a council investigation reported that children as young as eight are involved in prostitution, coming to the town from all over the country. Their photos and prices are presented in menu form for potential clients. Arriving in the city, sometimes fooled by the promise of a legitimate job, the young girls are enslaved, unable to leave the premises, made to prostitute themselves, their hair is painted, their documents falsified and their names changed. The report stated that the town judge and children's council were negligent, as they were reluctant to act against those using the children, many of whom were powerful and well-known public figures.
2. In the North eastern outback, the poorest region of Brazil, children are often forced to sell their bodies by their own parents, to the long-distance lorry drivers that travel the main motorways. In the poor interior town of Araripina, for example, children as young as eight prostitute themselves for as little as 1 real, or 30 pence. The highest price that a child can manage is 5 reais, about £1.50.
3. In the coastal North-Eastern cities of Brazil, such as Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador, children are also forced into prostitution by poverty. These are favourite resorts for foreign sex tourists, who arrive in the cities for the sole purpose of procuring sex with children.
4. In Belem, on the mouth of the Amazon, foreigners reportedly control the prostitution of children. According to the Prosecution Service, of the 114 prostitution houses in the city, 77 offer children from 11 to 17-years-old. Five of them are exclusively dedicated to the sexual exploitation of children, all five of which are owned by foreigners. A Kenyan mariner told a reporter from the Brazilian newspaper O Globo that Belem is the world's sexual paradise and that you can get a girl of whatever age you want whenever you want.
One experienced worker with Brazilian street children and child prostitutes has complained that the frequent demeaning sexual portrayal of young women and children in the Brazilian media helps create a mindset and culture where the sexual exploitation of such people becomes more acceptable.
In various State Parliamentary Commissions of Enquiry people in high positions including some politicians and judges have been discovered to have been involved in the sexual exploitation of children.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I met my partner John Scheifele in 1998 and then two months later left for Brazil for 6 weeks. Upon my return we decided that we would give it a go. It has now been twelve years and we're still together. John spent 30 years in high tech, so when the bottom fell out I convinced him to join my company Capriole Productions Inc as Executive Producer. John having no knowledge of film has learned quickly and is now an incredible asset to the company and the production in Brazil we are undertaking. I am very grateful to have John work with me.
I became interested in film at the age of 12. I would sneak into the movies when I was not riding my horse. I loved the movies as much as I loved riding horses. At the age of 16 I decided that I wanted to be a film editor and work with horses. I graduated from Princeton High School in three years and took a year off to attend Morven Park International Equestrian Institute. I received my instructors certificate and went on to film school at The American University. I worked for the Smithsonian Institute upon graduating from AU. One year later I landed a job at WMDT-TV in Salisbury, MD. This ABC affiliate was a start up station. What a great learning experience. One year later I landed another editing job at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Within 8 months I moved to the number one station in New York. WABC-TV was very good to me and I was blessed to be able to work on every show. In 1986 I decided to start my own company and produce a documentary on Dressage. By 1987 Capriole Productions Inc was formed as a non-profit 501c3 corporation. I left WABC-TV in January of 1987 to start shooting my first documentary entitled: Dressage: The Horse With Airs. In 1995 Dressage: The Horse With Airs won a finalist award at the New York Festivals. I also won a Bronze Award for D-Day (Good Morning America) for editing. In the spring of 1990 I joined ABC News as a freelance editor. I also worked for the BBC and Reuters for several years. I've been blessed to have worked on the following shows: Night Line, World News Tonight, 20/20, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, Like It Is and many other shows at ABC. I also worked for the BBC show News Night. In 1997 I won an EMMY for "Dianna Princess of Wale, The Final Farewell" World News Saturday/Sunday.
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City of Hope: A Children's Story
- Kimberly Switzgable
- Princeton, New Jersey, United States
- I grew up in Princeton, NJ. Spent my summers on Fire Island and Deer Isle Maine, riding my horse , traveling and exploring Princeton University. I fell in love with film at any early age and decided to go to film school. I've been able to combine my love of horses with the love of filmmaking. I also love to read what ever I can get my hands on. I found that I've excelled at still photography and love to watch people.