There's a little indie film out there in the world now called, "8 Days." The film is really a message about a serious issue that many brush off as a third world problem, when really it affects even the poshest of cities in the United States.
It's a powerful and moving story about a girl, who like the "many" I've just referenced above, had no idea that human sex trafficking was lurking in her backyard--literally--until it happened to her. When I first discovered the film over a year ago, I immediately felt a special connection to it. I didn't realize how special that connection would become.
What drew me into the film was that unlike most films that touch on sex trafficking or other issues involving violence against women and children, this film brought out the emotional rollercoaster that comes with such trauma, and not just from one perspective. I rarely see films show what trauma could look like in such a real way. People tend to throw in such plot lines for dramatic background, but when they do that they almost mock victims that have actually suffered such trauma. They make such violent acts almost seem insignificant.
As I got to know the filmmakers, my respect for them grew infinitely; because all their projects are rooted in human compassion. Their business models are rooted in human compassion, and to know that these kinds of people can exist in this shark tank of an industry was not only a breath of fresh air, but also a constant reminder to myself that when you are blessed with the gift of storytelling, you hold a lot of power in your hands.
After Eden Pictures, the production company, and the "8 Days" team have traveled around the country and to foreign lands making people aware that human sex trafficking is not a third world problem--it's a world problem that needs to be addressed. They're truly an incredible team that has touched mine and my family's lives.
The film is available on various digital platforms for rent or purchase (i.e. iTunes, Amazon, more) as well as DVD.
I look forward to the next stories After Eden Pictures tells.
BIG LOVE & HUGS