Critically acclaimed SOLD debuts in Australia: supporting survivors of sex trafficking and abuse in Nepal
Project Didi Australia is holding a screening of this moving film on Sunday, the 5th of February at the 107 Projects in Redfern, Sydney to raise funds to support a new model of foster care for survivors of sex trafficking and abuse in Nepal.
Project Didi Australia (PDA) is a small not-for-profit, founded in 2012 to support women and girls in Nepal vulnerable to abuse. All funds are currently directed to PDA’s partner organisation in Nepal, Asha Nepal, to set up a family like unit of 5 young women rescued from sex trafficking with a mother, a survivor herself, all who have been previously living in institutional care. PDA is committed to funding their critical expenses – education, rent, food, clothing and counselling. PDA also provides tertiary scholarships, income generating and positive psychology courses run by skilled Australian volunteers, as well as Australian/Nepali youth-to-youth programs. Didi is an affectionate and respectful Nepali term for big sister and reflects PDA’s goal to support our sisters in Nepal to lead strong independent lives.
“Tragically, the fastest growing product for sale in the world today is children. The majority are sold into the sex industry. Trafficking of children is modern slavery, an invisible crime of our time. You can help create awareness by coming to the Australian premiere of Sold. All funds will be directed to rehabilitating survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal,” says a Founder of Project Didi Australia, Sarah Bartram.
The acclaimed film is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Dean Brown, executive produced by Oscar winner Emma Thompson, and produced by Jane Charles. The ensemble cast includes Gillian Anderson and David Arquette.
Based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, inspired by true events, SOLD depicts the story of an extraordinary girl Lakshmi who is trafficked across the Nepal-India border and forced to work in a brothel in Kolkata, India. By telling one girl’s story, SOLD gives voice to the millions of trafficked children who are unheard and unseen. McCormick’s book has been translated into 32 languages and has frequently been the entry point for people to learn about the issue of modern day slavery. SOLD Director, Jeffrey Dean Brown believes that just as McCormick’s book was a call to action for himself, this new film can serve as a call to global action on child sex trafficking. He said: “Our hope is that our film will foster global policy change and raise substantial funds for survivors.”
The Australian premiere begins at 5:30pm on Sunday 5th February, featuring live music by Sydney local Stephanie Grace and food and drinks available. The screening commences at 6:30pm. Tickets are $35.00 with all funds going directly to the Asha Nepal foundation. Tickets are available here For more information please visit the Project Didi Australia Facebook page