Nobel Peace Prize nominee to speak at Connecticut premiere of Redlight
Westport, a community known for its high level of civic activity and for fostering dialogue on critical human rights issues around the globe, will be the scene of the Connecticut premiere of Redlight, the highly-acclaimed human trafficking documentary.
The work of filmmaker Guy Jacobson with narration by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu, the documentary will be screened at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane in Westport.
The evening is being presented by the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Global Partnership and, in addition to the screening, will feature a talk by Mu Sochua, a Cambodian Parliamentarian who has dedicated her life to empowering women and ending the horrors of child trafficking.
Jacobson was honored with the U.S. State Department's prestigious Global Hero Award in 2008. His film focuses on the personal stories of the victims of child sexploitation and two remarkable advocates for change: Sochua and grassroots advocate Somaly Mam. Both have since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and have won other human rights awards around the world. Using footage smuggled out of the brothels and harrowing testimonials, Redlight follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves.
A dessert reception will take place at 7:30 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Sochua and Jacobson, and purchase the work of Cambodian artisans. The film will begin at 8, followed by a question-and-answer period with Sochua.
Tickets for the Westport event are $100 for VIP seating and the screening; $30 for all other seats at the screening; and $15 for students.
Redlight will also be screened at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, followed by a question-and-answer period with Sochua. There will be an opportunity to meet Sochua and Jacobson at a VIP reception beginning at 2:30 at Lounsbury House, 316 Main St., Ridgefield.
Tickets for the Ridgefield event are $100 for the VIP reception and the screening; $30 for the screening only; and $15 for students.
Proceeds from these events will support Sochua's anti-trafficking and humanitarian work. All ticket sales and contributions, payable to Vital Voices Global Partnership, are tax-deductible. For more information or to order tickets, contact Roberta Cooper at 203-227-8973 or email@example.com; or Giselle Mazier at 917-816-7515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.