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Hooray for Hollywood (Film)

Raven Kaliana (England)

9/17, 8 PM, 118 Elliot, Brattleboro
No advance tickets. Admission with suggested donation at the door.

Hooray for Hollywood is a film that utilises spare compositions and expressive handmade tabletop puppets to represent experiences of sexual exploitation and human trafficking from a child’s vantage point, using implicit rather than explicit means. Emotionally moving, stark, and powerful, the film was created to raise public awareness of these crimes, providing insight to anyone with an interest in protecting children.  The story is drawn from director Raven Kaliana’s own autobiographical material, having been victimised in this industry throughout her childhood in America.  Shadowy scenes illustrate the level of coercion, distress, and entrapment experienced by the child victims… Contrasted with their inner spark of human spirit, illuminated by genuine kindness and friendship.  The film demonstrates the positive outcomes which may be possible when those with concerns about a child reach out.

Kaliana follows the film with an audience discussion, presenting on post-traumatic stress and dissociation, familial abuse, prevention, healing, and the global scope of the industry.  Hooray for Hollywood has been screened at United Nations events in New York and Geneva, at Oxford University, New York University, University of Puerto Rico, and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London.  The film has been referenced in conjunction with Kaliana’s testimony provided for research and policy change recommendations regarding human trafficking within London, and across the United Kingdom.

This event will including discussions with the artist and is presented in collaboration with the Women’s Freedom Center.

“Hooray for Hollywood is one of those rare pieces of art which really can and will stay with you, and has the power to change lives…” – Fat Quarter Magazine