Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage
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 an inspiring advocate committed to break that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection and sets out to shatter the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.
Best Feature Documentary - 59th Southern California Journalism Awards, 2017
Best Documentary Humanitarian Award - The WIFTS (Women's Intl. Film and Television Showcase), 2017
Best Documentary Nominee - 32nd Imagen Awards, Beverly Hills, California, 2017
2nd Winner - Fada Cultural Award, Barcelona , Spain, 201 7
Best Documentary Honorable Mention - Brasil Intl. Film Festi val, Rio de Janeiro, 2017
Best Documentary and Golden Iguana - Guayaquil International Film Festival, Ecuador, 2017
Best Documentary Award - Malibu International Film Festival, California, 2016
Audience Choice Award - Malibu International Film Festival, California, 2016
Best Documentary Feature Audience Award - Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2016
First Prize & Silver Biznaga - Asserting Women's Rights - Malaga Film Festival, Spain, 2016.
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