The start is sweet. Chico knows girl. A whole classic. Sitting on the bench in a New York park. He smiles, she too. The young man, dark, tall and good-looking, offers him to move from the outskirts to the center of the city. It will help you with a job and they will share a flat. She, who must be around 18, beautiful and innocent, accepts. And there begins the nightmare that reproduces the short film Come into me, seen already in film festivals as the Berlinale, Sundance – in a private pass – and planned in the New Yorker of Tribeca, and that allows to get into the skin of its characters, from whose points of view it is shot.
More than 21 million people are victims of trafficking, according to the International Labor Organization. Most are captured for sexual exploitation. As it happens to the protagonist of the film, everything happens before the eyes of the world, although almost nobody sees it or wants to see it. The film, directed by the Belarusian actress Aleszea Blanche Germann, it shows it with all crudeness. And he does it from the eyes of the victim, his pimp and one of the men who pays to rape her, the puter.
The film, which had a budget of 120,000 dollars (about 106,000 euros), is recorded in three dimensions and is seen with special glasses. When the protagonist moves and enters the apartment offered by the boy, she is left alone in the bed of the room. He has stolen his purse, with his documents and his cell phone, without her noticing. Enter a stranger. He turns her around and rapes her. The viewer's gaze jumps from his eyes to hers. It can be both characters: the rapist and his victim.
The choice of format is not casual, explains from New York Blanche, who has participated as an actress in series such as House of Cards Y Girls. "It was a natural evolution. It is the best way to put the audience in the body of the characters: listen to their thoughts, experience their memories, feel empathy and compassion for them ".
The story starts in part from their own experience. At the age of 19, she was about to be captured by a network while still living in Minsk. A stranger offered him a dream job in Egypt, a poisoned promise from which he managed to escape almost at the last minute. That opened his eyes. Then he moved to New York and started working with Fair Girls, an NGO that works against trafficking in human beings. He also devoted time to journalism, which allowed him to "know first-hand the reality of the sex trafficking industry in the United States."
Over the past three years he has shot the whole story three times. Burn in three dimensions forced him to get perfect scenes in one shot, without editing or assembling images. The team recreated the interior of a brothel, where the spectator also sneaks.
Blanche wants the film to be seen in all possible forums, beyond film festivals. It seeks to raise awareness with all eyes that, even if they are not seen, the victims of trafficking are there.