Meet Vivienne. A 10 year old girl with a heart to end child slavery…with her lemonade stand.
After learning about two enslaved boys in Nepal from a photograph, Vivienne knew that those boys should be playing…they should have the freedom to be kids. So she set out to help in the best way she knew how – making her tasty lemonade. Stillmotion, a talented team of filmmakers, knew they needed to share her story. In the process of telling Vivienne’s story, #standwithme raises awareness on the reality of child slavery in the world today and how the choices we make in what we consume has an impact. Each purchase has a story behind it.
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Only a 9-year-old would dream a lemonade stand could free 500 enslaved children. After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys in Nepal, Vivienne Harr is moved to help in the only way she knows how: by setting up her lemonade stand. With the goal of freeing 500 children from slavery, she sets up her stand every day, rain or shine. In telling Vivienne’s story, #standwithme examines the realities of modern-day slavery, the role we play in it as consumers, and the importance of knowing the story behind what we buy.
After watching the full movie, I was in awe. As a photographer, the first thing I noticed was the artistic talent and stunning cinematography. The team at Stillmotion have an incredible gift of telling stories and really capturing the heart of each character. The film was truly moving, a story of hope. StandwithMe is a documentary that takes on a difficult and tragic topic of child slavery, and effectively educates their audience and then inspires them to take action themselves.
For those of you who missed the premiere, StandwithMe is conveniently available for online rental at http://www.standwithmemovie.com/. You can also follow the movie and where its headed on the StandwithMe Facebook page. I don’t say this often…but you will want to see this movie and share it with all of your friends. We each have a part to play and this movie really shows how each person can get involved with the fight against child slavery, simply by the decisions we make at the grocery store. StandwithMe – has my vote. Check it out.