CONCEPT: Freedom is a three-day summit addressing the topic of human trafficking. Built on the collaborative efforts of campus and community organizations, this forum of expression will provide opportunities for education and, ultimately, action. With choral music as its centerpiece, the weekend engages performers and participants through the visual arts, movement, music, theater, film, fashion, and civil discourse, joining together to fight this most pressing human rights issue.
Thursday, January 29 | 8 p.m. | Film Screening: Very Young Girls | Free
Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely-adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women.