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AIT Announces Local TV Station's Broadcast of U.S. Documentary on Labor Trafficking

PR0744E | Date: 2007-07-23

The American Institute in Taiwan is pleased to announce that Beautiful Life TV (BLTV) will air a documentary entitled "The Silent Revolution" on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on cable channel 7 (channel 8 in some areas).  The documentary, which will be shown in English with Chinese subtitles, was provided courtesy of AIT and the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  

"The Silent Revolution" is the true story of people held in slavery in the stone quarries of northern India, who risk everything to take back their lives.  The documentary follows a group of stone-breakers who challenge the slaveholders, are burned out of their homes, are imprisoned, and finally win the right to run their own quarry and start a new village.   Now, as they struggle to survive in freedom, they are sending their children to school, replanting forests, and beginning to hope for a life beyond stone-breaking. The film features an Indian NGO, Sankalp, which helps with rehabilitation of former bonded laborers.

In addition to the 25-minute documentary, BLTV will also air in the same program a 30-minute interview with prominent HIV/AIDS activist Regan Hofmann. Hofmann is the Editor-in-Chief of POZ Magazine (, a New York-based monthly publication dedicated to supporting People Living with HIV and AIDS.   The interview was recorded during her visit to Taiwan July 11-14 on U.S. Speaker Program hosted by AIT.

AIT's Public Affairs Section and the State Department's Office of Public Affairs hold broadcast rights to a number of television programs on the United States.  Topics include US History and Government, Society and Values, US and Global Economy, U.S. Art and Culture, Diplomacy and National Security, Science and Technology, Health and Scenic America as well as global problems such as Trafficking in Persons.  AIT is pleased to make these programs available to interested television stations in Taiwan.  For more information, please contact AIT Public Affairs Section by telephone at (02) 2162-2315, or via email at