SISTERS FOR SALE

An inspiring true story of hope, courage, & freedom

SISTERS FOR SALE

An inspiring true story of hope, courage, & freedom

 

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Screenwave International Film Festival '19. 10-15th January.

How far would you go for your friends?

Returning to the mountains of northern Vietnam to investigate the mysterious abduction of his teenaged friends, an Australian filmmaker uncovers a local human trafficking crisis, and sparks an incredible series of events…

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Sisters For Sale is an award-winning feature film documentary that follows the investigation into the disappearance of two Hmong girls from Sapa, Vietnam who were kidnapped from their homes, sold as brides in China, were made to bear children and are finally found only to be forced to choose between their children and their own freedom.

In 2010, Ben Randall’s 14-year old Hmong friends, May and Pang, were kidnapped from their homes. They were believed to be trafficked to China and sold as brides or prostitutes.

Born into poverty along the Chinese border, with low levels of education, a strongly male-dominated culture and a violent custom of marriage by abduction, these Hmong girls are especially vulnerable.

Ben went on the search for his friends, but where to start? Hundreds of young women are being trafficked from Vietnam every year. Most never return, they simply vanish. With the one-child policy leaving a shortage of women in China, kidnappings in the region are shockingly common.

Ben conducts dozens of interviews with May and Pang’s families and friends, trafficking survivors, and experts in the field. What he discovers is even more horrible and complex than he could have ever expected.

Against all odds, the girls are found in China, both had been sold as brides and were forced to bear children, even though both girls were but children themselves.

The girls then must face a heartbreaking decision of remaining in China, with husbands they hate, in a country they know nothing about and a language they know none of for the sake of their children, or returning to their family in Vietnam whom may in the end reject them for choosing to return.

This film reveals the tragic corruptions, complications, and cruelties behind human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

Ben risked his life to search for May and Pang, filming his investigation to raise awareness of the local human trafficking crisis.

Shockingly, he succeeded in finding both girls in distant parts May and Pang were “lucky” – rather than being sold to brothels, they’d been forced into marriage with local men.

‘Sisters For Sale’ is a powerful, very personal story exploring the complex realities of human trafficking. It’s an inspiring true story of hope, courage and freedom, with the power to make a real difference against the global human trafficking crisis.

‘Sisters For Sale’ will be released as a feature documentary in 2019, followed by a book in 2020.

Ben’s work would not have been possible without the Vietnamese-based NGOs Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and Alliance Anti-Trafic, whose work he’ll be supporting through ‘Sisters For Sale’.

Screenings & Festivals

Screenwave International Film Festival 2019

‘Sisters for Sale’ screened at the 4th Screenwave International Film Festival in Coffs Harbour, Australia, which ran from 10th to 25th January 2019. The non-competitive festival included a diverse range of over 60 feature films from 20 countries, both fictional and documentary, including films that have won prizes at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals – Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and the Berlinale. Ben (the film’s director) presented the film personally, and hosted a Q&A session after the 16th January screening.

Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli 2018

Sisters for Sale’ screened in competition at the 10th Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli (Human Rights Film Festival of Naples), in Italy, which ran from 27th November to 5th December 2018. The official selection included 18 films from five continents. ‘Sisters for Sale’ was awarded the festival’s own Arrigoni Prize, in recognition of the film being “the most courageous” in exposing an important yet little-known issue. The documentary was cited as having depicted human trafficking in a brave and engaging way, and was praised for its intelligent and non-judgemental approach to the subject.

Thank you for your courage, your tenacity, and your willingness to do something beyond just talk about the tragedy that is human trafficking – I applaud you.

- Donnie Featherston, supporter of The Human, Earth Project -

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