SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage

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.

The film that inspires to speak out about sexual violence

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Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection as she sets out to shatter the silence about abuse in her own life.

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

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 breaking 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.

Our main characters Virginia Isaias and daughter Lala Isaias

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The film addresses the full spectrum of sexual violence, from child sexual abuse and priest abuse to sexual assault and sex trafficking.

Sands of Silence inspires you speak out about sexual violence

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Sands of Silence trajectory on the world stage

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SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage — Geolocalized broadcast in Spain's territories on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against...

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European Parliament

Nov. 21st, 2017 — Honored to have been invited to present Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage at the European Parliament on Tuesday Nov. 21st, on...

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United Nations

July 10th, 2017 — Sands of Silence was featured at the High-Level Political Forum, United Nations, New York. We had the honor to present our film at the...

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SOS_SLAVES Social Impact Video Game

Changing the Trafficking Game, a social impact game project on human trafficking.

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 raise awareness among teenagers on human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

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ALBANY, NY — Jan. 25 Screening hosted by NY State Office of Victim Services

ALBANY, NY Thursday, January 25, 3 pm Screening of SANDS OF SILENCE and panel discussion with...

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SACRAMENTO — Jan. 18 Screening hosted by WEAVE, Inc & IRC Sacramento

In Observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month Thursday, January 18th, 7:30 pm WEAVE, Inc. the...

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Sands of Silence gets TheWIFTS Award

BEST DOCUMENTARY – HUMANITARIAN December 10th TheWIFTS (The Women in Film and Television Showcase) TheWIFTS...

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Chelo Alvarez-Stehle in Bhutan with Refugees in Camps

Agnès Films – Film Review of Sands of Silence | agnesfilms.com

Agnès Films, supporting women and feminist filmmakers recently reviewed, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s Sands of Silence, documentary...

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SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage — Geolocalized broadcast in Spain's territories on the occasion...

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Access to technology can counter sexual exploitation | FORBES

  SANDS OF SILENCE Film Campaign Featured in Forbes Magazine: by Rebecca Sadwick and Sarah...

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