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A note from the director...

Due to the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Matamoros camp, where women are being raped, children are disappearing, and individuals are suffering every day, Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer and his team at Worldwide Documentaries are producing a 10-minute short version of Oh Mercy for immediate release, with a view to sparking a national conversation about this tragedy on our southern border. 

"The Matamoros refugees are out of sight and out of mind”, says Sister Norma Pimentel, who is featured in both versions of Oh Mercy“ Ignoring their plight even a single day longer is not an option. It is shameful. It is immoral, and we need to bring this into our conversations now.” 

Where financial help is needed includes: Filming is complete and post-production and distribution coordination are now underway. Any funds raised for this campaign will allow us to pay the remaining production costs (crew, and some travel), assistant editor and finishing editor fee; related post-production costs like stock footage, and music; part-time salary for outreach and distribution coordinator.

Additional funds will be used to cover the costs for the ongoing distribution efforts of Oh Mercy beyond the end of 2020; and for a feature-length film version of  Oh Mercy.

Identifying and securing funding for our documentary film projects remains the biggest challenge our team-- or any team doing this kind of work-- faces. We have been making influential and highly regarded documentaries on global human rights issues for 30 years and we know from experience how challenging the fundraising process can be. Your contribution is about much more than bringing an important film project to life. It is about remembering who we are and what we stand for as members of the human family. Thank you!

Worldwide Documentaries

Founded in 1985, Worldwide Documentaries is an award-winning, not-for-profit film production company focusing on subjects of social, cultural, and humanitarian concern. The President of Worldwide Documentaries is Academy Award-nominee Robert Bilheimer. Philip B. Hallen, President Emeritus of the Maurice Falk Medical Fund, is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Worldwide Documentaries maintains a small core staff, which expands as required during periods when production is underway.

Worldwide Documentaries has earned a reputation over a period of thirty-five years of undertaking select film projects of the highest quality that carefully adhere to schedules, budgets, and accounting procedures. The company’s projects have been sponsored by dozens of corporations, philanthropic organizations, and non-governmental agencies around the world.

In the United States, these sponsors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; The Ford Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Open Society Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York, Benton Dickinson Foundation;  National Geographic Society; Carlson Family Foundation; UN Foundation; General Motors. Other funders include family foundations, and private individuals. Several sponsors have funded Worldwide Documentaries’ projects more than once. A partial list of the company’s financial supporters since 1985 is available upon request. 

Financial contributions to projects undertaken by Worldwide Documentaries, Inc. are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

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