Sands of Silence Poster

First Prize & Biznaga de Plata


The Documentary Film

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 as she sets out to shatter the silence about abuse in her own life. An intimate story about an endemic problem, Sands of Silence celebrates the triumph of the spirit with a call to action to break the chains of sexual violence worldwide.

La Película Documental

Tras dedicar más de 15 años a exponer el submundo de la explotación sexual y la trata en Asia y las Américas, la periodista y cineasta española Chelo Alvarez-Stehle se ve empujada a la playa de Zarautz que dio fin a su infancia e inicio a secretos de familia.
Durante su trabajo con supervivientes de tráfico sexual conoce a Virginia Isaias, una mujer mexicana que logra escapar de una red mexicana de trata y prostitución con su bebé de seis meses en el regazo y deja atrás toda una vida de explotación sexual al cruzar la frontera a EEUU.
Diez años de arduo trabajo más tarde, Virginia empieza a reconstruir su vida y acaba convirtiéndose en una gran líder contra la explotación sexual en la comunidad latina del Sur de California.
Inspirada por Virginia, Chelo decide ahondar en la raíz de su pasión por denunciar la violencia de género. Ahí nace un viaje paralelo de introspección que empuja a la cineasta a regresar a España y quebrar el silencio sobre el abuso sexual en su vida.
Arenas de Silencio narra historias íntimas sobre un problema endémico, y celebra el triunfo del espíritu con una llamada a romper las cadenas de la violencia sexual en el mundo.

Sands of Silence Digital Companion


Changing the trafficking game

You drift through a cocoa plantation. You seem invisible, ephemeral, powerless – a ghost. Yet even a ghost may put an end to evil! A breath of wind, a whisper of sound, the chill of an enslaved child – invoked at the right moment – can reveal your past and set her free. SOS_SLAVES: Changing the Trafficking Game is a social impact game aiming to create awareness among teenagers on human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Digital Hollywood Spring 2015


Changing the Trafficking Game, a social impact game on human trafficking. Concept Demo developed at BAVCPI_Logo GamesForChangeDemoSpotlight 2011 Logo

Thrilled to report that SANDS OF SILENCE has been nominated to this year's Southern California Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club Congratulations to our crew and all supporters!!! Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage Film on Sexual Violence and Trafficking #sexualviolence #sextrafficking #priestabuse Winners will be announced at a gala on June 25. ... See MoreSee Less

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