Filmmaker to Watch: Ric Esther Bienstock

One of our visitors for Phillips Exeter’s recent Martin Luther King Day was the Canadian, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock, who wrote and produced Frontline’s arresting 2005 episode on human trafficking, Sex Slaves. Ric screened the film and handled the subsequent Q&A brilliantly, helping our captivated students explore profound questions of human rights, international law enforcement, and journalistic ethics.

Oh, and she’s friends with Geddy Lee, bassist and lead vocalist of Rush. Cue Wayne & Garth: “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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1 Response to Filmmaker to Watch: Ric Esther Bienstock

  1. Rick Simpson says:

    Interesting indeed, Tom. I can imagine the students were spellbound. Human trafficking, as you may know, is central to the action of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy–not the only reason for the enormous popularity of that series, but a major one. Glad to learn about Ric’s work.

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