155% Funded


Target: €3000


€4,675 Raised


67 Funders

The Sand Trap

By NMcGeehan


Between 1975 and 2005, tens of thousands of young children from the poorest corners of the earth were enslaved to meet the demand for child jockeys in the high-stakes sport of competitive camel racing. Boys as young as three years old were scooped off the streets of Dhaka or kidnapped from their homes in Pakistan and trafficked to the United Arab Emirates, where they were forced to train thoroughbred racing camels and participate in weekly races for the amusement of the watching Sheikhs and a televised national audience.

The Sand Trap reveals how slavery, one of humanity's oldest and darkest institutions, persists in one of the wealthiest countries in the modern world. It is a story about unaccountable power, the manipulative influence of PR, and the impotence of poverty.

The film is the work of a small, independent production team. It is being directed by award-winning director Sarah Boston, whose last feature, Cruel Separation, won best documentary at the 2006 Vino Del Mar film festival in Chile. It is roughly based on an academic paper entitled 'Spinning Slavery: The Role of the United States and UNICEF in the Denial of Justice for the Camel Jockeys of the United Arab Emirates' written by human rights activist and academic Nicholas McGeehan. Work began on the project 18 months ago. Interviews with former jockeys and their families have been shot in Bangladesh, and with key figures in the United States and the United Kingdom. With the exception of some travel costs, the project has thus far relied on the kindness and generosity of various individuals.

Funds are now required to finance the completion of the film, primarily to meet editing and post-production costs. We have been fortunate enough to attract the interest of a talented post-production team who have the skills necessary to transform excellent source material and footage into a powerful, moving and hard-hitting documentary.

You can read more about The Sand Trap on www.sandtrapmovie.com or www.facebook.com/sandtrapmovie



One last thank you

With three days remaining and a fantastic sum of €4,675 raised (155% of our target), we wanted to thank you once again for supporting the production of The Sand Trap. I could blather on for more than a few paragraphs about the scale of our gratitude and the very real sense of obligation we now feel to you, our funders, but perhaps it’s best to keep this on a professional footing and opt instead for a simple progress update. A first rough cut of the film has been completed, and in a few weeks we will travel to Bath for one final interview with an expert on public relations. We hope to have a completed documentary within a matter of months, at which point you’ll receive your invites to the premiere and a screening of your choice. Yes, that’s right, having pestered you support the film financially, we’re now going to harass you to come and watch it.If we do our job properly, you’ll feel your money has been well spent. Don't forget you can follow our progress www.facebook.com/sandtrapmovie or get in touch at sandtrapmovie@gmail.com

Thanks for the momentum

The purpose of fundraising via a crowdfunding platform was to inject some momentum into a project to which much time and effort has been devoted. It wasn't taken lightly. This is a great story and we shouldn't have to rely on the personal generosity of individals to get it made. It's also a mistake to expect people to share a concern in an issue which we, the film-makers, regard as important. We therefore launched the film on fundit with a degree of trepidation. The response has been beyond anything we expected. Upon leaving Bangladesh we felt a sense of obligation to the former child jockeys and their families, who had treated us with such generosity and had exhibited amazing dignity amidst shocking poverty. Over the next 18 months we developed a similar sense of obligation to the translators and artists and film crews and musicians and techie people who offered their talents and services for free. To that list we now add the funders who've helped us reach 2000 in just over a week. Yesterday I contacted our director Sarah Boston and told her she can book an editor and get started with turning this project, which began by complete chance 3 years ago, into a film. This might be getting a little ahead of ourselves - we haven't reached 3000 just yet - but momentum is what we wanted, and now, thanks to your generosity, that's just what we've got.

funders (67)

There are 59 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project