About the Program
Examine the cycle of neglect, violence, and exploitation that leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women believing that prostitution is their only option to survive.
Following Brenda, a former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Dreamcatcher enters the day-to-day lives of these young people and sees their world through their eyes. While many have overlooked these women, thankfully Brenda has not. This unflinching exposé contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many. Directed by Kim Longinotto. (USA, 2015, 104 min. No MPAA rating.)
Winner of the SIMA 2016 Award for Best Director.
A panel discussion and Q&A follow the screening. Panelists include Rachel Thomas (Director of Sowers Education Group, a Long Beach–based organization which aims to raise awareness about human trafficking and empower survivors), Alan Smyth (COO of Saving Innocence, a Los Angeles–based organization that works to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and restore the cultural values of innocence and human worth), and moderator David Craig (judge for SIMA and Clinical Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism).
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