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Sunday, December 5, 2010

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Human Rights & Sex Trafficking: A Film Forum

Presented by Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights

Thursday, December 2 – Sunday, December 5, 2010 | See All Dates

Presented by the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights, this forum will bring together filmmakers, survivors, activists and academics to explore the power of film in effectuating a movement to combat commercial sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery. To learn more or purchase tickets please visit


11:30am | Tickets $10 | No Passes

Up and coming filmmaker iLan Azoulai will screen the trailer for Holy Ghetto and discuss his experience filming the commercial sex trade in Israel.


12:45pm | Tickets $10 | No Passes
| Running time: 14 min.

Introductory video of Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, the director of Sands of Silence, describing the creative process of developing this cross-platform project. A work-in-progress of the documentary will be shown, featuring Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s personal journey into the trafficking of women. Followed by a Q&A with survivor, Virginia Isaias.


2 pm | Tickets $10 | No Passes
| Running time: 24 min.

Introductory remarks by Alexandra Lawrence on behalf of Stairway Foundation.


3:15pm | Tickets $10 | No Passes
| Running time: 85 min.

Introductory remarks by a special VIP guest. Followed by a panel featuring the Director Libby Spears, Karen McLaughlin, chair of ISPAC’s Global Committee on the Prevention of Victimization and the Protection of Victims, Audrey Porter, Assistant Director and the Coordinator of Survivor Services of The My Life My Choice Project (MLMC), and moderated by Phillip W.D. Martin, Senior Investigative Journalist, WGBH, Boston’s NPR Station; Adjunct Faculty, Brandeis University.

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