A local clothing store is sponsoring a screening for a new film to draw attention to the worldwide epidemic of human trafficking.
Betty Be Good, a boutique located in Birch Bay Square, will sponsor an exclusive screening of “Sold.” Suzanne Smith, owner of Betty Be Good, said her goal is to sell at least 73 tickets by June 6, which will ensure she can reserve a screen at Regal Cinemas Barkley Village in Bellingham on June 14.
“Sold” is based on the novel by Patricia McCormick, and combines stories from dozens of women and young girls to tell one story. The film focuses on Lakshmi, a Nepalese girl sold to a brothel in India. Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) plays an enterprising photographer who makes shutting down the brothel her personal crusade.
The film was directed by Jeffery Brown, who won an Academy Award for best short film in 1985, and produced by Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson. The film has been touring the international film festival circuit, and has won top prizes at festivals in London, Chicago and California.
Smith caught the film in Vancouver and was inspired to share it with others. Her store already donates 2 percent of all sales to help clothe survivors of human trafficking, and she said the film only strengthened her resolve. Smith wants to use this screening as a way to get the film and its message to a wider audience.
“The film was exceptional, but difficult to watch,” Smith said. “I nearly had to leave the theater, and then I remembered that all I have to do is watch. Others have lived this horror. Others are living it right now.”
To purchase tickets for the screening, visit tugg.com/events/106730, or go to shopbettybegood.com. To watch a trailer for “Sold” and learn more about the film, visit soldthemovie.com. Tickets cost $11.