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ADIFF 2012 Preview: 'Survivor' (Feature On Life After Living Through Sex Slavery & Human Trafficking)

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 16, 2012 2:45 PM
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Continuing pre-festival highlights from the upcoming African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) - the festival's 20th edition, to be held in Manhattan from November 23 to December 11

From Brook Bello comes the feature documentary, Survivor - a film about life after the physical, emotional, mental abuse suffered under sex-slavery.

In a collaboration with the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI), Bello (a survivor of sex-slavery herself) made the film to raise awareness of the serious practice of sex- and human trafficking around the world, and speak for those who don't have voices.

Bello entered the world of sex trafficking very early on in her life (in her teens), after suffering sexual abuse, and running away from home - a life she lived for at least a decade. The film delves into her own personal experiences, as well as those stories of other women who've been victims of abuse and sex- and human-trafficking. 

As ADIFF puts it:

A visual testimony about life after sex-slavery and abuse. One woman’s secret and fear to share what happened to her and almost ruined her life. Actress Brook Bello shares her story of survival from rape and sex-slavery in the US and goes on an emotional, spiritual and physical journey that will take her from suicidal thoughts, pain and addiction to a life of healing.

Survivor will screen on Thursday, December 6 at 8:30PM at the Schomburg Center in Harlem (NYC). 

Click HERE for info on how to purchase tickets.

Watch the trailer below:  

Survivor Trailer from Brook Bello on Vimeo.

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  • ALM | November 20, 2012 6:32 PMReply

    Thank Jesus she and others made it out of that situation.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | November 18, 2012 11:01 PMReply

    My heart and prayers go out to her. I hope the film helps complete her journey of healing. I think the term Sex trafficking and slavery means so many different things to different people. You hear stories all the time of business men all across the world traveling to foreign countries for prostitution whether its with older or much younger women. I believe the money that is spent by these business men has alot to do with keeping this whole business booming which is really sad.

  • ALM | November 20, 2012 6:28 PM

    @ D. C.: The situation is much more complex than that. Interestingly, some of the worst offenders are members of the military sent to nations as peacekeepers. Unfortunately, some of the "peacekeepers" are sexually assaulting women and underaged children in war torn nations.

  • troy | November 20, 2012 3:18 AM

    I echo your earlier sentiments. However businessmen traveling to pay for sex is an illogical concept. Businessmen plant seeds not buy fruit. They happen to pay for sex regularly wherever their are and travel for business. Money not being involved does not keep people from being sexually assaulted. Castrate all men and women will still be paid for their time. Castrate all men and older women will still be paying for fellatio as well. Everything is on the table in life, that's why humans create things that are untouchable(God) in order to feel more important than a product.

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