04 Sep Bonded Labour in India
There are more people living in slavery today than at any other time in human history. Over half of those in slavery work in what is called bonded labor. Hidden in plain sight in places like brick kilns and rock quarries, entire families are in debt to an owner who they can never repay, becoming an indebted laborer. They face physical and sexual violence and work for small pay they will never see. Novo is making the first virtual reality film to document a family’s rescue out of slavery. In September, Novo was in Southern India, documenting a government-led rescue to get a family of seven out of bonded labor. The film is now in post-production and is generously supported by Oculus. Novo’s founder Lindsay Branham is an Oculus VR for Good Fellow. We are so thrilled to partner with human rights group International Justice Mission on this film and can’t wait to share it soon!
All images by Katrina Sorrentino