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 you 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

Sands of Silence - Sex trafficking documentary film

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

Los Angeles Press Club Screening with Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times

“SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage” is the LA Press Club’s 2017 SoCal Journalism Awards Feature Documentary Winner Exclusive screening of “SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves...

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Sables de Silence Trailer French

SABLES DE SILENCE: Vagues de Courage

Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage Un film documentaire sur la violence et le traffic sexuel SYNOPSIS ~ Après plus de 15 ans consacrés à...

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Chelo presenting Sands of Silence Hiroshima City Uni

Universities – Feedback

FEEDBACK from Students and Faculty “I’ve had three sexual assaults and I didn't know that it was an assault because I wasn't "raped." I compared...

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Sands of Silence: Preview in Paris!

Le Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir présente Projection du documentaire inédit de Chelo Álvarez-Stehle Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage En avant-première française Lundi 19 mars 2018 à 20h au cinéma...

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RTVE Broadcast

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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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.

Los Angeles Press Club Screening with Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times

“SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage” is the LA Press Club’s 2017 SoCal Journalism Awards...

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Sables de Silence Trailer French

SABLES DE SILENCE: Vagues de Courage

Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage Un film documentaire sur la violence et le traffic...

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Chelo presenting Sands of Silence Hiroshima City Uni

Universities – Feedback

FEEDBACK from Students and Faculty “I’ve had three sexual assaults and I didn't know that...

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Chelo on panel European Parliament

Lawmakers

Feedback from Legislators “I am shocked, affected, with your absolutely crucial work. If we, politicians,...

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UNA HERRAMIENTA PARA IMPACTAR DESDE EL COMIENZO

Non-Profits

  Feedback from Change Agents "SANDS of SILENCE offers a poignant look into the experiences...

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Chelo Alvarez-­Stehle at prison presentation of sex trafficking film

Prisons

Feedback from inmates "I was deeply impacted by every case in the documentary, regardless the...

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