Not My Life

Documentary | English | 83 minutes


Not My Life was filmed over four years and documents human trafficking in 13 countries including the United States. In excruciating videos and interviews, the film describes the plight of children trapped in the many forms of slavery: sex exploitation, involuntary servitude, forced begging, and participation in military conflicts.

Major Participants:
Glenn Close (Narrator) / Nicholas Alipui (Director of Programming, UNICEF) / Susan Bissell (Administrator, UNICEF’s Child Protection Section) / Katherine Chon (Head, Polaris Project)

And the many children, some as young as five and six years old, trapped in slavery with littlehope for safe and happy futures.

Why Stream This Film?
As Susan Bissell of UNICEF’s Child Protection Section stated, “It
depicts the worst manifestations of what people could do to other people.”
  • IMDb Score: 8.3/10:
  • Harlem International Film Festival: Winner, Best Documentary

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This documentary effectively asks why human rights have become meaningless in so many
parts of the world. Its greatest achievement is to demonstrate that human trafficking is modern
slavery and that it is not confined to less economically developed countries.
Counsel staff


NOT MY LIFE comprehensively depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human
trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries,
NOT MY LIFE takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through an
astonishing array of practices including forced labor, sexual exploitation, and child soldiering.

AV CLUB staff


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