All posts tagged: Ruth Villatoro

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary Available for Purchase

  $ 9.95 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. To order a personal copy of …

HEEL Documentary, Ruth Villatoro, Toros Films

HEEL Documentary: New Film Project by Ruth Villatoro

  On the “heels” of her successful documentary film about human trafficking in Latin bars, The Cantinera, Ruth Villatoro embarks on a new project bringing audiences another thought-provoking story in HEEL Documentary. In Houston, Texas, in an area named the “corridor of cruelty,” dogs are dumped hungry, injured or dead, many of them fighting bait dogs. One of the organizations involved with the HEEL Documentary, Corridor Rescue, is the beginning, and the hope, for abandoned dogs who are rescued and put up for adoption throughout their vast network. Volunteers are in the area every day to feed the discarded dogs until they are able to find suitable homes and get them off the streets. One of the ways these abused and abandoned dogs are being rehabilitated is through Project H.E.E.L., Helping Empower Everyone’s Lives, an eight week program involving boys within the Harris County Leadership Academy and whose mission stresses personal accountability through Discipline, Accountability, Redirection and Transition (DART). Boys and dogs are connected through the program, fostering each other, a simple solution which moves towards reform of two intricate issues, juvenile …

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

Houston Screening of The Cantinera Documentary at Awareness and Fundraising Event

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Houston, Texas hosts a human trafficking awareness and fundraising event at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, 10503 Westheimer Rd., Room 127 from 7-10pm Central time. Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition is sponsoring the event which is aimed at raising awareness to the community and funds for rescued victims of trafficking. The Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC) is a dedicated coalition of Houston-area non-profits, faith-based organizations, government agencies and law enforcement agencies.  The HRRC was established as a volunteer coalition in 2005 in response to the growing recognition and alarm over the prevalence of human trafficking in the Greater Houston Metropolitan region. One of the highlights of the event is the screening of the Houston based documentary, The Cantinera, produced and directed by Ruth Villatoro of Toros Films. After the screening Ruth Villatoro will participate in a town hall interactive discussion about the film and how it’s brought attention to the plight of the “cantina girls” working night after night in Latin bars, not only in Houston, but …

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary Available for Public Screening

The Cantinera Documentary, produced and directed by film maker Ruth Villatoro of Toro Films, is now available for public screening. Five years in the making, The Cantinera tells the story of girls who are forced to work in latin bars, or cantinas, throughout the United States, often forced to drink 20-40 beers a night, 7 days a week. It’s a story often overlooked when studying aspects of human trafficking and forced labor, yet it’s an account of thousands of women who are caught in its web with no way out. As seen in the documentary, filmed in the Houston, Texas area, the cantina is often the hub, set up as legitimate businesses, but used as the place where the clients meet the prostitutes who are constantly monitored. Customarily any sex acts are performed in a nearby house, motel, or building away from the cantina itself, absolving the cantina of any wrongdoing or crime. Victims are often enslaved in nearby brothels where all transportation is done by the trafficker, leaving no way to freely go about …

Cantinera Documentary, Ruth Villatoro, Dottie Laster, ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary Screening in Florence, South Carolina

South Carolina is working to improve it’s stand against human trafficking by educating local communities about the various ways it exists within the state. Traffficking in humans is not only seen in the sex trade, but forced labor in transient industries, anything which constitutes “force, fraud, or coercion” against another human being. The Florence Baptist Association Task Force is sponsoring a screening of The Cantinera documentary on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7pm Eastern time at the Julia Theater, 1110 S. Irby Street in Florence, South Carolina. The film screening is free and open to the public. One of the local organizations which provides safe houses and assistance for women and children, the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, will be represented and accepting donations to continue their valuable cooperation in the human trafficking field. The purpose of the gathering and film screening is to raise awareness within the community and reach out to other faith based groups in the area, recruit additional community leaders, and secure funding to do even more in the …