The DREAM Project Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking through community development and aid, is hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed and award-winning film Eden on February 28 at the Premier Theatre in San Francisco.
This special fundraising event to further the Foundation’s work to prevent and end human trafficking will also include a “sneak peek” of the not-yet-released feature film SOLD, directed by Oscar-winning director Jeff Brown.
Additional embellishments to the evening are an introduction to Eden by its producer Jacob Mosler and a silent action and catered wine bar at Tides just a short walk from the theater in the Presidio. The full evening of refreshment, films, and fundraising to combat modern slavery is from 6-10 p.m. for only $55 in advance or $65 at the door.
The DREAM Project Foundation has established a human trafficking prevention work group in San Francisco in partnership with the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC). The initiative will focus on partnering with organizations and agencies with capacity and resources to fight trafficking in a collaborative effort to prevent and counter trafficking in the Bay Area and western U.S.
Eden is based on the true story of Chong Kim who is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking in the U.S. Kim is leading advocate in the abolition movement to end human trafficking and travels, writes, speaks, and advocates to raise awareness about this human rights travesty that claims 29,800,000 worldwide victims in her tireless efforts to free and restore them. Her expertise also benefits non-profit organizations and public officials as she consults with them for more effective programs and initiatives.
The film tells the tale of a young Korean-American girl who is abducted from her home and forced into prostitution by a human and drug trafficking ring. She is held in captivity for two years, surviving and ultimately escaping by establishing power and influence within the organization that enslaved her.
In an interview with writer Melissa Silverstein for her Women and Hollywood blog, Eden’s director Megan Griffiths stated: “It was important to us to make a film that was about people and their relationships with other people, rather than a film about an issue. Human trafficking is strong enough subject matter that even when it is used as a backdrop, its power is there. The important thing was to keep the story focused on this one girl and her journey. If the audience can connect with Eden, they will hopefully feel the impact of trafficking in a more personal way, and maybe even feel motivated to take action.”
You can register for this event here. The schedule for the evening is: 6-7:30 at Tides for silent auction and wine bar, 1014 Torney Ave. 7:45-10 p.m. at Premier Theatre, donated by Lucasfilm, for Eden screening and SOLD preview, 1 Letterman Drive.