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Dallas, TX (September 3, 2014) – America is known as the land of the free and home of the brave. We sing about it, we proclaim it, cling to it and fight for it here and abroad.  The world knows it, but the majority of Americans in 2014 are actually connected to modern day slavery or as it is more popularly termed “Human Trafficking.”  Husband/wife and director/screenwriter duo Jaco & Philipa Booyens are no exception.  The Booyens‘ are linked with this horrific crime as Jaco’s sister was trafficked as a teenager in their home country of South Africa.  Jaco did not find out until years later and it had a huge impact on his personal viewpoint of this $32 billion a year industry worldwide.
“Our calling is to ‘Transform Culture Through Uplifting Entertainment,'” says Director Jaco Booyens.  “What is more culturally transformational than producing a film for a cause, to stop this atrocity, the selling of our American children and children worldwide.  This is a wake up America moment.  The attack is on our kids right here, right now. Please join us in this fight.”
The Booyens’ decided to join this fight by creating the full-length feature film, 8 DAYS, through their movie production company After Eden Pictures.  The film was created as a tool for human trafficking organizations to use in their awareness and fundraising campaigns.
“Like so many Americans I used to think trafficking didn’t really exist here and it only happened overseas in far away places,” says screenwriter Philipa Booyens, “After meeting victims, visiting safe homes and hearing their stories, I couldn’t ignore this anymore.  It exists everywhere around us, even in our ‘safe’ communities.  I had to do something.  We all have to do something.  Writing and producing this film to raise awareness and funds for safe homes is that something for me.”
Join this fight against human trafficking by visiting website www.findamber.com, watching the film and supporting local anti-trafficking organizations.
September 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Justice Speaks (@justicespeaks1)
September 11 – Seattle, WA – Shared Hope International (@sharedhope)
September 16 – New York City, NY – Covenant House New York (@covenanthouse)
September 18 – Washington, DC – Safe House of Hope (@safehouseofhope)
September 23 – Atlanta, GA – Out Of Darkness (@outofdarknessGA)
September 25 – Nashville, TN – End Slavery TN/Ilonka Ministries (@endslaveryTN) (@ilonkamusic)
September 30 – Chicago, IL – Salvation Army Anne’s House
October 2- Dallas, TX – Traffick911 (@traffick911)
To help increase public awareness of human trafficking, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) participated in making this film.  HSI fully supports the film’s anti-human trafficking message.
View the trailer here.
About After Eden Pictures 
After Eden Pictures is a film and television production studio dedicated to transforming culture through uplifting entertainment.  After Eden Pictures was founded by Jaco Booyens and he serves as the President and CEO.  For more information, visit www.afteredenpictures.com; Twitter & Instagram: @AfterEdenPics
S.H.A.R.E. Together is the official 501(c)3 non-profit partner of After Eden Pictures. A registered 501c3, SHARE is a global movement of giving back of what everyone has in abundance, and thereby meeting the needs of millions the world over.  SHARE is a global initiative of serving and helping those in need, no questions, nothing asked in return. For more information, visit: www.sharetogethernow.org; www.findamber.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8daysfilm; Twitter & Instagram: @8daysfilm
About Jaco & Philipa Booyens
Jaco serves After Eden Pictures as the founder and president of the company. To date Jaco has served as the Executive Director at the internationally recognized agency, Advantage Models & Talent which has worked with and developed such acts as Miley Cyrus, Chris Young and other actors and artists in major television, film productions.  Jaco also serves as a national scout and coach for the 30 year old talent incubator company AMTC.  He has managed athletes, artists, writers and musicians. Jaco also has been blessed with success as a professional athlete (rugby & American football).  He is an active actor and has appeared in several motion pictures. Jaco, a South African native, resides in Dallas, TX with his wife, Philipa Booyens.
Twitter: @BooyensJaco
Philipa Booyens is the Creative Director for After Eden Pictures where she is preparing to release the film 8 DAYS this fall.  She wrote the screenplay and co-produced the project to bring awareness and fight the crime of sex trafficking.  She has two other screenplays in preproduction and her short story Taking Destiny was recently published as a part of the book Made In The USA: The sex trafficking of America’s children. Growing up in the entertainment industry, Philipa has been an accomplished model, actress and athlete as the daughter of award-winning agent and instructor, Nise’ Davies, from Advantage Models & Talent.  This former cover girl has also worked as a talent scout, coach, instructor, agent, casting director, web designer, makeup artist and stylist, administrator, type and video editor, just to name a few.  Philipa currently travels the world creating stories and entertainment to transform culture with her husband, Jaco Booyens.  She also coaches and co-hosts INsight Scene’s Beyond Beauty tour (www.insightscene.com).
Facebook: www.facebook.com/philipa.booyens Twitter and Instagram: @philipabooyens
About 8 DAYS
Feature film synopsis: After sneaking to a party with her friends, sixteen-year-old Amber Stevens goes missing.  Forced into the world of Sex trafficking, her family and community fight to get her back. Inspired by actual events.  So much can happen in 8 DAYS.
All proceeds from the film go to anti-trafficking organizations to build safe homes for the victims of this crime. See more at www.findamber.com, www.8daysfilm.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/8daysfilm; Twitter and Instagram: @8daysfilm

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