The Pink Room follows the journey of Mien and other young girls in the turbulent world of sex slavery that at times seems unfathomable. At a young age, she enters life in a brothel, and her virginity is sold at a high price. Even when help is within reach, obstacles that appear too great to conquer squelch her dream of freedom.
This is the story of redemption, ordinary people who become unlikely heroes, Cambodians rising up with compassion to take back their country and a town’s process of rebuilding from the inside out. Mien gives hope in the midst of a blinding darkness. In a world where it is estimated that there are over one million children held captive and sexually abused, a flower blooms in the heart of Cambodia.
Wearing a suit with sneakers last night as he accepted the Jubilee Award for the Best Documentary, Joel Sandvos, the director said, “This thing - the Jubilee Award — weighs like 15 pounds. Wow! This is amazing. I’m trying to open up my notes. First of all, we’d like to thank the Film Festival for accepting this film and allowing these girls’ stories to be told. It’s not just about telling these stories, but giving a call to action. Thanks to my wife and my kids who are at home and mom - ‘Hey mom!’ On behalf of heroic women and heroic organizations like Agape, we humbly accept this.”
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