1. SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage - The Film that Gives Courage to Speak Out against Sexual Violence
    **Women's Struggles and Rights Award - 2018 Porto Femme International Film Festival, Portugal
    **Best Documentary - Humanitarian - 2017 TheWifts (Women in Film and Television Showcase) Visionary Awards** Los Angeles
    **Best Feature Documentary 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards** Los Angeles Press Club
    **Nominee - Best Documentary 2017 Imagen Awards** Beverly Hills, CA
    **Best Documentary - 2017 Guayaquil International Film Festival** Ecuador
    **Best Documentary Honorary Mention - 2017 Brasil Festival de Cinema Internacional** Rio de Janeiro
    **Fada Cultural Award** 2017 Barcelona, second winner - Fundació Vicki Bernadet
    **Best Documentary Film** 2016 Malibu International Film Festival
    **Best Film Audience Award** 2016 Malibu International Film Festival
    **Best Documentary Audience Award** 2016 Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles
    **First Prize and Silver Biznaga - Asserting Women’s Rights** 2016 Malaga Film Festival, Spain

    LOG LINE: Inspired by the transformation of the sex-trafficking survivors whose lives she follows, the filmmaker finds the courage to break the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.
    SYNOPSIS: A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias—a Mexican American woman whose past is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation—into a resilient survivor committed to break that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection as she sets out to shatter the silence about abuse in her own life.

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  2. "Her story is all too common," says filmmaker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle. "Globalization of migration, is pushing people to move from one country to another and they become vulnerable to traffickers".
    Alvarez-Stehle has also created an online game to educate young people on the problem.


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SANDS OF SILENCE: A Personal Journey into the Trafficking of Women

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