The Movie Everyone Keeps Talking About
Official Selection 2020 Festival of Cinema NYC
Official Selection 2020 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival
Official Selection 2020 Veritas Film Festival
Official Selection 2020 Miami Film Festival
Official Selection 2019 Key West Film Festival
Finalist 2019 Berlin Motion Picture Festival
Winner of the 2019 Miami Film Festival's Wolfson Cinemaslam Works-in-Progress Grant
IN HUMAN KIND
A film by Juancho Rodríguez
Miami, Florida. Paradise on earth. Hot weather, hot music, hot people. Thousands of tourists visit this exotic location in the hopes of experiencing the vacation of a lifetime.
What many people don’t know, or perhaps refuse to acknowledge, is that this idyllic location is one of the cities with the highest index of sex trafficking in the United States; children, young girls, and even young men inhabit Miami with a very different story to tell, and one that most of the time never sees the light of day. These individuals are forced laborers. They’re used against their will. They’re creatures who have become a means to and end: the pleasure of others.
In Human Kind uncovers some of the ugliest truths in this multi-billion-dollar trade through a first-hand testimony from a survivor who reveals what happened to her during some of her darkest moments.
Developed over the course of a year, the inception of the film involved deep research with the authorities, endless phone calls with foundations, and even a rigorous vetting process with the federal government. Featuring uncensored interviews from a survivor who lived it all, the State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, and real people in the streets of Miami, In Human Kind is the first foray into documentary filmmaking by Colombian-American director Juancho Rodríguez, who helmed a team of passionate filmmakers into discovering the real meaning behind the trafficking of humans in the Magic City.
A multi-billion-dollar industry dedicated to treating human beings as mere objects forced to perform unimaginable acts against their will continues to boom in South Florida.
A sex trafficking survivor turned advocate who’s now fighting to leave an imprint on young girls, young boys and others at risk shares her most intimate revelations as a crying help for others to avoid the danger of forced human labor.
In Human Kind follows the journey of a young woman who landed into human trafficking from a very young age and experienced the harsh realities behind the gorgeous façade of tourism, parties and money while growing up in the Magic City.
The film uses never-before-seen interviews, real conversations with people on the streets, and heart-wrenching archival footage to explore the damage that the abuse of power and sex inflict on society.
On a scorching-hot Miami afternoon, and with just a small crew composed of the producer Gabriela Caminero, the cinematographer Ivan Meza, and a sound mixer Luis Caminero, Colombian-American director Juancho Rodríguez took it to the very streets where ordinary people get confronted with their own idea of sex trafficking, while shedding away their fear of a wandering camera.
The documentary film that everyone is talking about, In Human Kind is an exposé on the realities of sex trafficking in South Florida through the lens of a survivor who experienced it all since an extremely tender age. What happened to her? Why did this happen to her? And why is nobody talking it?
Featuring uncensored interviews, candid conversations with real people on the streets of Miami, and rare archival footage, In Human Kind begs the question of why this human emergency continues to grow and flourish especially among locals.
Director Juancho Rodríguez takes us on a journey that demystifies the very real dangers of human trafficking and its explosive blooming within one of the most visited cities in the United States.
Juancho Rodríguez | DIRECTOR
Colombian-American filmmaker Juancho Rodríguez has been enamored with the entertainment industry since a very young age, filming home movies and editing passion projects before entering film school. Between 2013 and 2017 he worked in marketing and collaborated with some of the biggest brands in the United States.
In early 2018 he collaborated with recording artist Manca directing the music video for her debut single "Peleo." And a few months later, he dedicated his time to a cause that eventually became In Human Kind, pushing him to debut as a documentarian.
Rodríguez developed the project for almost a year talking with several institutions in South Florida, and finally meeting with his film subject, Shanika Ampah; this conversation led to a rapport that soon became the very story foundation for the film. Within a few short weeks, Rodríguez asked producer Gabriela Caminero to join the project and take on the producing helm.
In Human Kind is his foray into documentary filmmaking, and in his own words "a different kind of story about sex trafficking in Miami, FL."
Gabriela Caminero | PRODUCER
A jack of all trades, Caminero has been working sets throughout her entire filmmaking career: from first assistant director to script supervisor, she understands the complexity of projects like no-one else.
She sat on the Producer chair for In Human Kind after discussing the possibility of the project with Rodriguez and how to make just an idea into a finished documentary that could speak to the complexity of sex trafficking.
Dominican-born Caminero has been in charge of 'every inch of the production' and all logistical processes.
Ivan Meza | CINEMATOGRAPHER
A true artist and photography aficionado, Ivan Meza is a Director of Photography who has a keen eye for aesthetics and a perfect sense of composition.
Along with Director Juancho Rodríguez, he crafted the distinct look for In Human Kind inspired by cinema verité European films, and a particular music video from Thirty Seconds to Mars that touched them both.
Meza has a long-standing project reel ranging from music videos and short films to now documentaries.
In Human Kind is his second collaboration with Rodríguez, after also serving as Director of Photography for Manca's "Peleo."
Original Poster Photograph by Ian Dooley | Film Poster Design by Alba Roque