Undesired at Brooklyn Human Rights Film Festival

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We are pleased to share the news that Undesired will be featured as part of Amnesty International’s Brooklyn Human Rights Film Festival this week. The festival is screening short films on human rights and social justice, focusing on women’s rights, refugees and incarceration.

Undesired was produced by Walter Astrada, our 2009 professional winner, and MediaStorm. It was made possible by the funding of The Alexia Foundation. Continue reading

Souvid Datta Awarded 2016 Visura Photojournalism Award

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Alexia Grant recipient Souvid Datta has been awarded the 2016 Visura Photojournalism Grant for Vanishing Girls of West Bengal. The project explores the socio-economic contexts that perpetuate child trafficking. The story was supported, in part, by his 2013 Alexia Award of Excellence grant.

2016 Alexia Award of Excellence winner Sarah Blesener was a one of 12 finalists for the Visura grant for Toy Soldiers. Continue reading

The Long Night’s Natalie Fighting Backpage.com on ABC’s Nightline

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The Long Night’s Natalie has shared her experience of being a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking with ABC News’s Nightline in a special report entitled Daughters for Sale: How Young American Girls are Being Sold Online. The report reveals how the website Backpage.com is used to sell underage girls for sex. Continue reading

The Crescendoing Impact of The Long Night

Photographer/Director Tim Matsui screens his film The Long Night at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch and moderates a panel discussion afterwards. Photographed by: Mark Berndt

Since the completion of his Women’s Initiative Project, “The Long Night,” Tim Matsui has worked tirelessly to get his film and other visual assets he collected regarding commercial sex exploitation in front of audiences and, particularly, before stakeholders and change makers so that his work can have the largest impact possible. Continue reading

10 Alexia Grantee Photographers You Should Follow on Instagram

A village nestled in the eastern part of Guinea Bissau. The climate is hot and humid but by the end of the dry season, little water will be found above ground. The children take advantage of the rains to enjoy a day of swimming. Ami Vitale/Alexia Foundation

Alexia Foundation photographers are some of the most prolific visual storytellers on the planet, tackling a wide range of issues in their photographic projects. All of the following photographers can be followed on Instagram, by clicking the link next to … Continue reading

“The Long Night” chosen as Finalist for 2015 Dart Center Award

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The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma named “The Long Night” as one of eight finalists for the 2015 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. The feature length documentary film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm was made possible with the support of The Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant. Continue reading

Watch: Tim Matsui and Mike Davis at Collaborations for Cause 2014

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2012 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative recipient, Tim Matsui and Syracuse University Alexia Chair, Mike Davis, were recently presenters at Collaborations for Cause 2014 in Seattle. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations … Continue reading

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation at Collaborations for Cause 2014

Collaborations for Cause 2014 is being held Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will begin with a special working screening of “The Long Night,” the feature length documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm which gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced into the American sex trade.

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation, represented by Mike Davis, will be presenting at Collaborations for Cause 2014. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations for an exploration of how to harness … Continue reading

Tim Matsui Wins Fledgling Fund Grant for “Leaving the Life”

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Tim Matsui has just been awarded a $25,000 Fledgling Fund grant for “Leaving the Life,” his overarching documentary photography project on domestic minor sex trafficking which was funded by our Women’s Initiative Grant. In its first iteration, the work resulted … Continue reading