Leading Vietnamese artistic talents Phan Y. Ly, Doãn Hoàng Kiên, Na Son, and the ZTL Team reveal real-life issues of human trafficking through a variety of innovative artistic showcases
20 MAY 2012, HANOI: MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), today launched the first-ever multi-media art exhibition on human trafficking at The Workers Theatre in Hanoi. This dynamic and interactive exhibition is part of MTV EXIT’s nation-wide initiative to bring together leading Vietnamese artistic talents Phan Y. Ly, Doãn Hoàng Kiên, Na Son, and the ZTL Team to showcase innovative ways of communicating this critical social issue.
The art exhibition will give Vietnamese youth the opportunity to learn about human trafficking by interacting with the issue through different creative mediums. It will be segmented into a series of different spaces, such as video, music, installation, photography, and interactive theatre performance to facilitate a dynamic learning experience.
The Youth Sessions will also include a one-day training workshop to empower and engage selected youth leaders aged 18 to 28 years old and challenge them to fight human trafficking in their home communities by running their own awareness-raising activities. After a series of competitions, the top 5 youth leaders will win the opportunity to work alongside the MTV EXIT crew to assist with the even production and marketing of MTV EXIT’s first-ever anti-trafficking Roadshow in Vietnam. The MTV EXIT Roadshows will kick-off in the third quarter of 2012 and bring important human trafficking prevention messages to at least 5 vulnerable provinces in the country.
Youth participants will also get to preview the new half-hour documentary film, Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special hosted by Mỹ Tâm, the newly appointed MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador to Vietnam and one of the country’s leading pop stars. The powerful documentary film will give audiences a rare glimpse into human trafficking and exploitation, telling stories of survivors and highlighting what everyone can do to help end this horrific crime. Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special will premiere on Vietnam Television (VTV) and on MTV Vietnam channel on 2 June 2012. Full broadcast details to be announced.
In addition, MTV EXIT will launch a National Photography Competition themed “Một bàn tay” from 4 June to 24 June to cultivate aspiring youth talents to lend a helping hand to promote the awareness on human trafficking through the art of photography. “Một bàn tay” means, “Give ‘em a hand” in English. The creative theme draws on the familiar local expression that “a hand can protect and prevent; a hand can pull people out of despair”. The winner of the competition will win a new Canon digital camera. More details will be available on www.mtvexit.org/vietnam.
MTV EXIT National Anti-Trafficking Art Exhibition is produced in partnership with the Government of Vietnam including the full support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, MoCST Youth Union, the Women’s Union, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Walk Free.