Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center 315, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
Human trafficking is increasingly being exposed as an egregious human rights abuse from which the United States is not immune. Event sponsors, POV, Polaris Project and the Center for Social Media are encouraging media makers and human rights advocates to join us for a screening of "Girl Model" followed by an essential conversation about how these violations can be stopped.
Described as "a haunted glimpse of exploited youth" by Variety Magazine, "Girl Model" shines a light on the ugly, exploitative side of the beauty business. The documentary, by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin, follows a 13-year-old girl from a village in Siberia as she is scouted at a modeling cattle call and taken to work in Japan.
The international modeling business exploits a young and vulnerable labor market, pushing the boundaries of what is legal, and sometimes becoming a conduit for prostitution.
The "Girl Model" outreach goal is to push for more transparency from the modeling industry, and work with advocates on the ground to ensure the rights and safety of young girls. Through a panel of experts, we will facilitate conversation after the film about how we can work together to raise awareness and combat the abuses.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Film will begin at 7:00pm.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
Watch the trailer here.