March 20, 2019

Kenyan documentary produced by a Massachusetts resident feted

Photo: Screengrab from PWB TV: HAART Kenya documentary.

Photographers of a TV documentary titled “HAART Kenya” focusing on ending human trafficking against women and children in Kenya and East Africa have won two awards at the Human Trafficking Awareness Film Festival.

According to North Andover Wicked Local, Photographers Without Borders TV documentary won both the Judges’ Award and the Audience Choice Award.

The documentary is a story told from photographer Matilde Simas journey in efforts to end women and children trafficking in Kenya with HAART Kenya. Simas, a North Andover, MA resident photographed the documentary and worked together with Danielle da Silva who directed and produced the documentary.

In the film, Sophie Otiende, the Program Consultant at HAART Kenya and liberator of over 300 trafficked women and young girls shares her unforgettable experiences and her pursuit of a better future for women across Kenya.

The documentary is available on Youtube at

Simas, a revered photographer said: “Telling these types of stories is so important and when they resonate with larger audiences, it feels like we are making a huge difference.

Human trafficking is the second largest illegal trade after drugs, having surpassed arms and weapons. It affects people, predominantly women and children, all over the world.”

Photographers Without Borders TV explore challenges people in different parts of the world go through and how organizations in those countries help in tackling the challenges.



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