L.A. Times echoes Sands of Silence PBS premiere

L.A. Times echoes Sands of Silence

WORLD Channel and PBS premiere

To celebrate the International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Women and Children (which is commemorated today) and, incidentally, Hispanic Heritage Month (which ends on October 15),  this weekend the celebrated documentary “Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage”, which deals with the aforementioned subject from a mostly Latino perspective, will be aired.

The work is inspired by Virginia Isaías, a Mexican woman who managed to escape with her 6-year-old daughter from a prostitution ring in Chiapas to finally settle in Anaheim, California, and who, after a decade of effort, rebuilt her life and became became an ambassador against sexual exploitation due to her pivotal role in the Human Trafficking Survivors Foundation.

This led to the L.A.-based Spanish documentary filmmaker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle  take a long look at a phenomenon that, unfortunately, remains active. And she did it through this work, which in addition to portraying the hardships of women belonging to various communities, she moved her to Mexico, Nepal and even her Basque Country of origin to deal with experiences from her own past.

“This is the culmination of a 12-year effort by the crew and the survivors of the film… Knowing that it is going to enter the hearts of millions of homes in the United States gives me hope. It means that countless people will be moved and inspired to act. ”

“Sands of Silence,” which has been screened in cities ranging from Shanghai to Sydney and at Yale, NYU, and UCLA universities, among others, has received numerous awards, including Best Documentary Feature from the Los Angeles Press Club Awards, Best Humanitarian Documentary at the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase, and both Best Documentary and Audience at the Malibu International Film Festival.

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Sands of Silence Premieres WORLD Channel / PBS ~ Sun 9/27/2020

Photo Credit: William Sparkes

WORLD Channel’s “Doc World” Series

& 174 PBS Stations

September 27, 2020 @ 7p PT / 10 p ET

Celebrating

International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children

and

WORLD Channel Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

“This is a culmination of a 12-year effort,” says director Alvarez-Stehle, “on the part of the team and the survivors in the film. Knowing the film is going to enter the hearts of millions of households across the U.S. gives me hope. It means that countless people are going to be touched and moved to take action. Our film impacts and helps heal both victims and perpetrators,” she adds, “as we have witnessed in our presentations in prisons, universities and communities around the world.” The film has had an international impact campaign with screenings from Shanghai to Sydney and in universities from Yale, NYU and UCLA, to Oxford, Barcelona, Brisbane and Hiroshima.“This film is a tool that moves those who watch it to break their own silence or help others to do so,” adds Alvarez-Stehle, “and inspires them all to be part of the solution in the fight against the long standing sexual violence pandemic that affects us all.”

There are two ways to watch:

ON-AIR: WORLD Channel is a public media channel produced by GBH in Boston and carried by 174 PBS affiliate stations across the country.

To find your local WORLD station, go to http://www.worldchannel.org/

A pop-up will ask you to click and confirm your preferred local station. Once you have made your selection you will be able to navigate to the “schedule” page where you will find local tune-in information and local broadcast times.

If there is no broadcast channel for WORLD in your area, you can watch online: http://bit.ly/DW_SandsofSilence

ONLINE: WORLD Channel will also be streaming the film for 30 days starting the day of the broadcast: http://bit.ly/DW_SandsofSilence

WORLD Channel’s National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 23 is International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children, established by the World Conference of the Coalition Against Trafficking in coordination with the Women’s Conference held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in January 1999. On September 23, 1923 the first legal norm against child prostitution, known as Palacios Act 9.143, was enacted in the world.