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A note from the director...
You are a six-year-old girl. Your name is Ana. You have just arrived in the United States with your mother after an exhausting three-week journey from El Salvador. You had to leave your home overnight because your brother and father were killed by members of a drug cartel.
You are in a cold, cramped detention center in Texas. The meat in your sandwich is rotten. The water tastes like acid. You are shivering. You wrap your arms around your mother and cry.
Suddenly, a guard in uniform comes and pulls you away from your mother, takes you to a car, and drives you to a place where there are dozens of other children like you, some younger, some older, all petrified. You are told you won’t be seeing your mother for a while but you are not told why. You tremble with fear. It is a nightmare. But it is real. Welcome to the United States of America.
Whether in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Europe, millions upon millions of children displaced from their homes by forces beyond their control, are being traumatized by inhumane immigration policies, and exploited by the human trafficking industry. And yet their stories are not being told.
Heart of the Matter is a docu-series that I have been developing with our small team here at Worldwide Documentaries for the past two years, and we are ready to proceed into full-scale production. The series consists of five short documentaries, 30-40 minutes in length, each covering a geographical region in the world that dramatizes the plight of the nearly 70 million migrants and refugees – more than half of them children – seeking safety and asylum in the US, Europe, Scandinavia, and elsewhere.
I began this note with a story of my own about a little girl named Ana. I have a granddaughter Ana’s age. This beautiful child has rekindled in me a deep love and respect I have always had for children, and reminded me that the purity of spirit and innocent joy we find in young people is the most precious thing we have on this earth.
In asking you to donate as generously as you can to Heart of the Matter, I want to say that in the end, your contribution is about much more than bringing an important film project to life. It is about remembering who we are and what we stand for as members of the human family. It is about righting something that has gone terribly wrong. And most of all it is about telling little Ana that we do care, and that we do value her life, just as we value the lives of our own sons, daughters, and grandchildren. They are, indeed, the most precious thing we have.
I cannot thank you enough.
- Robert Bilheimer
Director, Heart of the Matter
Founded in 1985, Worldwide Documentaries is an award winning, not-for-profit film production company focusing on subjects of social, cultural, and humanitarian concern. The President of Worldwide Documentaries is Academy Award-nominee Robert Bilheimer. Philip B. Hallen, President Emeritus of the Maurice Falk Medical Fund, is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Worldwide Documentaries maintains a small core staff, which expands as required during periods when production is underway.
Worldwide Documentaries has earned a reputation over a period of twenty-five years of undertaking select film projects of the highest quality that carefully adhere to schedules, budgets, and accounting procedures. The company’s projects have been sponsored by dozens of corporations, philanthropic organizations, and non-governmental agencies around the world.
In the United States, these sponsors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Coca-Cola, Xerox, Kodak, and General Motors. Several sponsors have funded Worldwide Documentaries’ projects more than once. A partial list of the company’s financial supporters since 1985 is available upon request.
Financial contributions to projects undertaken by Worldwide Documentaries, Inc. are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
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