The Cantinera is a story of a woman who was forced by her mother to drink with men in latin bars when she was thirteen years old. Twenty three years later, she is still drinking thirty beers a night, five nights a week, but longs for sobriety and a second chance. The film exposes a part of human trafficking in the United States.
The documentary is now available for purchase to use for community education event screenings to bring more awareness to the epidemic facing women, children and men across the US. The Cantinera can be purchased on DVD or downloaded for view on demand for just $9.99. It’s encouraged to bring experienced human trafficking speakers to events to conduct discussion and answer questions following the screening of the film. Dottie Laster and Producer/Director Ruth Villatoro are both available to come to communities.
The Cantinera Documentary has been shown on college campuses and human trafficking conferences since it’s release and now it’s available for the general public.
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Anti-Human Trafficking Advocates Featured in The Cantinera
Dottie Laster is the Founder and CEO of Laster Global Consulting and is responsible for the rescue and service of over 200 trafficking victims. She works directly with the Bernardo Kohler Center and is credentialed to practice immigration law. She is trained directly by the US Department of Justice and trains law enforcement, social workers, advocates and organizations across the country. Laster is also available as an expert witness in court cases determining the outcome of trafficking arrests.
Catherine “Cat” French is the director of the Houston office of Exodus Cry, an international anti-trafficking ministry. She is the link between victims and legal representation, the ground runner, making it her business to patrol suspected sex trafficking establishments. During the filming the advocates and film crew visited 160 sexually oriented businesses in the Houston area and identified possibly 600-700 more.
Elia Chino, Associate Producer, is the founder and Executive Director of Fundación Latino Americana Contra El Sida., Inc. (F.L.A.S., Inc.) She has dedicated her life to educate and prevent HIV in the latin community. Since cantina owners want their prostitutes to be “clean”, she is welcome in even the most jaded clubs.
Film and Screening Details
- Run Time: 67 Minutes, Color
- Exhibition Format: HDCam, Blu Ray, DVD
- Production Format: HD
- English, USA, 2012
- Unrated: Contains adult themes and strong language, no sex or nudity
- Website: CantineraDocumentary.Net
- Download: Cantinera Event Organizer Sheet
The Cantinera Documentary is recommended for audiences at colleges and universities, as well as anti-human trafficking organizations, advocacy groups, law enforcement agencies and any community involvement groups. The goal of the film is to bring awareness to what’s going on behind the scenes in the latin communities across America and the impact it has on the lives of the women held captive by traffickers and pimps.
The Cantinera Documentary Available for Purchase