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USA | 2014 | 97 minutes | Jeffrey Brown

13-year-old Nepali, Lakshmi, is sent by her family to India to work, only to be forced into prostitution in this compassionate, unforgettable tale of human trafficking adapted from Patricia McCormick’s award-winning international bestseller.

May 26, 2014
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May 28, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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Kirkland Performance Center  
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Patricia McCormick’s award-winning international bestseller is transformed into a deeply affecting film which gives voice to the millions of invisible children trafficked each year across the globe. Sold focuses on Lakshmi, an extraordinary 13-year-old Nepali girl, whose father accepts an advance for her to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata, India. Believing she will earn enough money to purchase a tin roof for her mother, she travels with “Auntie” Bimla to Happiness House. Her new home is ruled by the madame Mumtaz, and soon Lakshmi discovers the horror that she has been sold into prostitution. Academy Award®-winning director Jeffrey D. Brown (Molly's Pilgrim) elects to see this world through an innocent child’s eyes, successfully navigating a delicate balancing act between the brutality of human trafficking and the tenderness and compassion of the brothel community. Featuring a tremendously empathetic performance by Niyar Saikia and excellent supporting work by Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, Sold is an unforgettable experience that not only breathes life into an incredible story but also inspires viewers to action beyond the screen to stop the trafficking of children worldwide.

Director Biography

Jeffrey D. Brown studied film at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His short film Molly's Pilgrim won the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film in 1986. As a director, Brown has won numerous awards including an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Cine Golden Eagle. He has directed television shows such as "The Wonder Years," "L.A. Law," and "Hooperman." Sold is Brown's feature-length debut. 

Sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ingeniux, Women in Film/Seattle

Director: Jeffrey Brown
Principal Cast: Niyar Saikia, Gillian Anderson, David Arquette
Country: USA, India, Nepal, United Kingdom
Year: 2014
Running Time: 97 minutes
Producer: Jane Charles
Screenplay: Joseph Kwong, Jeffrey Brown, based on the novel by Patricia McCormick
Cinematographers: Seamus Tierney, Jehangir Choudhary
Editors: Rick LeCompte
Music: John McDowell
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
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