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Illicit Networks: Portrayal Through Film

Tribeca Talks

Panel Premiere

USA | 90 MINUTES | English |


Tribeca Enterprises and Google Ideas team up for this unique free panel addressing Hollywood's portrayal of illicit networks that traffic everything from narcotics and weapons to body parts and human beings. Experts, law enforcement participants, and survivors will use what we learn from film to examine the mysterious and misunderstood world of illicit trafficking. At a moment when illicit networks are increasing physical and systemic violence and 2 percent of the world's trade is in illicit goods, this panel of experts will separate fact from fiction to launch a critical dialogue. Moderated by Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas.


Open to the public; no ticket required.




Okello Sam was drawn into conflict in Uganda in 1985 and became a child soldier; he subsequently escaped and became the creative director of Ndere dance troupe (Uganda) as well as an actor.  He is the founder of Hope North in northern Uganda, a haven for escaped child soldiers and orphans.


Gerardo Reyes-Chavez is a staff member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based human rights organization with over 4,500 farmworker members, who has worked in farm labor since age 11.   


Withelma “T” Ortiz is a leader and advocate for victims of commercial sexual exploitation. She now uses her own lived experiences to teach, lead, and educate on needed reforms to systems and existing services that often interface with youth who have been sexually victimized including the child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health systems.


Ian Biddle is a former regular soldier who has spent the last 30 years in the business of manufacture, sale, transportation and disposal of munitions and explosives, both in and out of the British Army.

Please note: The date/time changed for this event. The correct details are April 25, 2:30 pm.
Hope to see you there!


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Google Ideas is a new “think/do” tank at Google that combines a new generation of thinkers with technology to tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems.


Jared Cohen
1200 14th Street, NW Apt.914 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 917.923.0732