SUNY Potsdam screens human trafficking documentary 'Fatal Promises' Nov. 1
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 6:14 am

POTSDAM -- "Fatal Promises," a new documentary film on human trafficking by award-winning filmmaker Kat Rohrer, will be screened at SUNY Potsdam Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in Kellas Hall room 105.

A question and answer period with Rohrer and her journalist mother, Anneliese Rohrer, will follow the film.

"Fatal Promises" travels the globe to offer a glimpse into the "invisible" crime of human trafficking. Through personal stories of victims, along with compelling visuals, and interviews with activists, politicians and non-governmental organization representatives, the film provides a close, personal look at the problem, and illuminates just how differently each side perceives it. An estimated 800,000 people are illegally trafficked through international borders every year.

"The survivors I met are truly remarkable people who have been through ordeals we could not even imagine. It is their voices and their anger that I want the public to hear in this film," said director Kat Rohrer.

In "Fatal Promises," the victims relive their stories, from their first contact with traffickers through their ordeal, to their eventual rescue or escape. They describe how they lived an almost invisible existence in the countries of destination, where they were subjected to rapes or beatings, left hungry, worked in torturous conditions, and lived in constant fear for their own lives or the lives of their family members.

"Fatal Promises" shows the ups and downs of activists in their fight for a comprehensive anti-trafficking law, and includes interviews with activists Gloria Steinem and Emma Thompson, who curated "The Journey," a controversial interactive art exhibit on the issue.

For more information, contact George Gonos at 267-4805 or [email protected], or Lynne Durant at 267-2768 or [email protected].

To find out more about the "Fatal Promises" film, visit