Every year, more than 3 million children disappear and are sold into trafficking. This heartbreaking statistic affects children in every country on every continent in the world, and it’s time we put a stop to it. SOLD is a groundbreaking new movie designed to combat the number one human rights issue of our time.
An award-winning film, the larger mission of SOLD is to bring greater global awareness to the traumas and prevalence of sex trafficking and to raise substantial funds for relief organizations that are working to rescue and rehabilitate its victims. Judy, through the Greenstein Family Foundation helped create the philanthropic model of High Entry Point Philanthropy which provides investors with a hybrid of economic and philanthropic returns on their investment. Profits from the film and derived from activities motivated by the film, drive even greater awareness and change. As such, we can greatly magnify the impact of philanthropist’s investments.
SOLD is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick. It follows the painful journey of a young girl who is taken from her mountain village in Nepal and sold to a brothel in India. This bold and brave film stars Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, and rising Indian star Niyar Saikia, who plays the lead character in her first feature film. In the wake of her performance, Niyar earned a scholarship from the government of India for acting. SOLD is also executive produced by two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, is directed by Academy Award winning director Jeffrey Brown, and Produced by Jane Charles.
SOLD’s mission to raise awareness and funds to eradicate trafficking, gathers its strength from partnerships with key relief organizations in India, Nepal and the United States, including Childreach International, Aapne Aap, Shakti Shamua and Prajwala. In Seattle, as a direct response to awareness created by SOLD, Judy and others co-founded Stolen Youth. This 501(c)(3) raises funds and awareness for trafficked teens in the Seattle, Washington area. To date, Stolen Youth has helped over 200 victims and trained 1300 personnel. They have raised more than $2.6 million in funding to support this important cause. The SOLD film model is working.
While the human trafficking epidemic is a global one, combatting it occurs on the local level. First, I highly recommend watching SOLD to experience for yourself how destructive trafficking is to these young people and how vulnerable are it’s victims. Second, subscribe to the SOLD newsletter to get involved in initiatives to drive meaningful change in this arena. Third, consider donating what you can to SOLD’s relief fund. Every act of giving makes a difference.
SOLD will be shown in theaters across the United States beginning in April 2016. Check out the confirmed screenings here. SOLD was awarded 3 audience awards and a jury award on the festival circuit and was the opening night film for 6 film festivals.
SOLD will be shown at the Nobel Peace Summit on June 6th.