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SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage

The film that inspires you to speak out about sexual violence

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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.

 

 

 

 


SYNOPSIS

A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle back to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began. As Chelo documents the transformation of sex trafficking survivors, she meets Virginia Isaias, a Mexican woman living in California who had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution by a sex-trafficking ring in Chiapas.

Tapping into deep-rooted childhood memories, the filmmaker immerses us in an intimate, poetic exploration of sexual violence. A visual dialogue juxtaposes her personal experiences with those of Virginia Isaias, a Mexican-American woman embarked on a life-and-death quest to shatter the cycle of sexual exploitation engulfing her life. The film sheds light on the tightly woven chains of abuse and silence that entrap survivors in a recurring pattern of violence.

When Virginia breaks free from her captors, we are captivated by her uplifting evolution, as she becomes an inspiring crusader against modern-day slavery.

Inspired by Virginia’s courage, Chelo is moved to explore her unyielding desire for seeking out these types of stories in what becomes a parallel journey of introspection that shatters the silence of abuse her own family and in her own life.

Virginia Isaias and daughter Lala Isaías who survived kidnapping by a sex trafficking ring in Mexico.


OUR AWARD-WINNING TEAM

Producer/Director/Writer Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
   
Executive Producers     Deirdre Roney
Mark Stehle
   
Directors of Photography Vicente Franco
Lara Weithorn
   
Editors Marla Ulloa
María Zeiss
Kate Amend, ACE
Jean Philippe Boucicaut
   
Original Soundtrack Jason Martin Castillo
   
Illustrator/Animator David Navas

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