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Screening of “SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage”

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm


Join us on April 26 for a screening of “SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage.” The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, executive producer Deirdre Roney, and protagonist sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias. The panel will be moderated by Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times.

Reception to follow the event. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

“SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage” is the LA Press Club’s 2017 SoCal Journalism Awards Feature Documentary Winner. Through the transformation of sex trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias into an inspiring advocate, “Sands of Silence” celebrates the triumph of the spirit with a call to action to break the chains of sexual violence worldwide.

“In a searing exploration of the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women worldwide, journalist Chelo Alvarez-Stehle also documents her own relatives’ sexual abuse, as well as her own, as they work through their efforts at coping and healing. A moving, poignant documentary of women learning to deal with the physiological and psychological stresses of abuse.” – LAPC 2017 SoCal Journalism Awards Judge.


SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage (86 min., US/Spain) – The Film That Gives Courage to Speak Out Against Sexual Violence

Produced/Directed/Written by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle

Inspired by the transformation of the sex-trafficking survivors whose lives she follows, the filmmaker finds the courage to break the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.

A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias—a Mexican American woman whose past is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation—into an inspiring advocate committed to break that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection and sets out to shatter the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.

Official Trailer: www.sandsofsilence.org/trailer


April 26, 2018
6:30 pm


Los Angeles Press Club
6500 Sunset Blvd., Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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