TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards 2017
West Hollywood, California
TheWIFTS Award Jury’s Comment:
“Sands of Silence is a remarkable film, in that through the potency of its storytelling, it exposes the humanitarian issue both on the surface and beneath, of the suffering of individuals affected by this odious crime. The film has embolden others to speak and to no longer live in the ‘silence’.”
TheWIFTS Foundation was honored to count with talented and celebrated actress Julie Carmen (Gloria Milagro Beanfield War, Windows on the World) as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 10th anniversary of TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards 2017, celebrating inspirational and outstanding women. These ‘women as individuals’ from around the world will receive Awards for their work in Film, Television and Society.
TheWIFTS Mission Statement: To honor outstanding women who continue to “raise the bar” in their respective fields. The Foundation will research noteworthy, unknown or known individuals who have made a difference in their respective communities but have yet to be acknowledged and commended for their extraordinary efforts and positive impact on our society.
Agnès Films, supporting women and feminist filmmakers recently reviewed, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s Sands of Silence, documentary film. The review by Julie Caper Roth, says: “Sands of Silence demonstrates that trauma is not merely the plight of women in far-off lands. It can exist close to home and can only be felled by transparency and communication. The narratives contained within the documentary make this film a helpful resource for individuals and groups tackling the issues of abuse and sex-trafficking.”
Geolocalized broadcast in Spain’s territories on the occasion of the
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
RTVE (Radio Televisión Española),
the country’s public television system which counts with the largest audience.
Read below my #MeToo article published in Spain’s daily EL PAÍS on the eve of the broadcast.
“Eran las cinco en punto de la tarde. Y estaba de los nervios. Mientras escribía estas líneas estaba a punto de salir a manifestarme. A punto de unirme al grito unísono: “Basta de agresiones. Respetad nuestro cuerpo”. Estaba de los nervios y trataba de controlar las lágrimas, porque unas horas más tarde, cualquiera podía ver una radiografía de mi vida. Mi vida y la de mi familia, al desnudo. Nerviosa por lo que supone romper el silencio ante millones de espectadores…”
“Exploitation, violence against women and poverty go together.” — Román Oyarzun Marchesi, Spain’s Mission to the U.N. Ambassador
Check out this short video clip of the opening remarks by Spain’s Permanent Mission to the UN Ambassador:
“For those people who do not care about social issues: Rape is the most costly crime in the US and in most countries. It tears apart our social fabric because all the money we need to spend in legal, law enforcement and medical areas.” —Elizabeth Cronin, Director of the New York Office of Victim Services
Elizabeth Croning addressing the panel
Main character and survivor Virginia Isaias, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, editor Marla Ulloa
SANDS OF SILENCE Film Campaign Featured in Forbes Magazine:
by Rebecca Sadwick and Sarah Godoy
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY CAN COUNTER SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Forbes Magazine – Febr. 29, 2016 – “In a campaign that calls for immediate action, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s film Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage has engaged a global community by illustrating cultural and systemic factors that reinforce the sexual abuse continuum.” In addition to the dialogue and democratization of discourse, free and openly accessible social media platforms facilitate a space for victims and survivors to communicate, access help, and build new communities.