Part of my hope since returning from Cambodia has been to view a screening of the film The Pink Room, a documentary made to raise awareness of human trafficking in Cambodia and the hope being brought to victims through Agape International Missions.
I discovered the film in April while in Cambodia working alongside rescued women in areas where human trafficking is an obvious and prevalent attraction. After watching the trailer of The Pink Room, I immediately knew I wanted to view the entire film. I sent a few e-mails to Director Joel Sandvos inquiring where the film was playing and learned that screenings were only taking place in the U.S., not anywhere in Cambodia.
When we returned to the U.S., I looked again to see if the film was screening anywhere near us, but it was not and would not be in the future.
How could I view this film?
I took a chance on a Facebook post when a woman mentioned that she lives in Oklahoma and would like to see the film as well. I posted that I would appreciate a screening in Oklahoma, and miraculously, an e-mail address of a contact person appeared in a subsequent Facebook post.
As odds and e-mails go, I figured I’d never hear back from anyone, but I sent the e-mail anyway asking for a screening in Oklahoma. A couple weeks went by without a word. I had about given up hope. Four days before Christmas, I received a response. Not only was a screening in Oklahoma possible, but I can actually host one myself!
I shed tears as I read the e-mail. My heart ached to share the hope being shed on Cambodia.
I was honored to watch a private screening of the film this morning and would love to share the mission of Agape International Missions with others.
If your church or organization has a heart for sex trafficking victims and desires to raise awareness of a ministry that brings hope to Cambodian women and children, please consider letting me bring a screening of The Pink Room to you.
The film is 45 minutes long. Please allow at least one hour and 30 minutes for an entire presentation. Presentations include:
- The film.
- Important points about child sex trafficking as a whole.
- How to take action and fight against trafficking.
- Other ways your church or organization can send hope to Cambodians.
From Agape International Missions: “The content is intense because the topic is intense. Some discussion is moderately graphic, but the discussion and images will not compromise the integrity of the viewers.”
Sex trafficking is real. The women and children sold into slavery are real. The hope brought to Cambodia through Agape International Missions is real. Raising awareness of all three saves lives.
About the film:
Mien was 12 years old when she was sold into a brothel.
Caught in poverty, illiteracy and a culture that exploits and traffics children as young as four years old for sex, she saw no option but to leave her family in rural Cambodia to live in the brothels of Svay Pak.
The Pink Room Documentary started as a project to expose the unthinkable realities of child sex trafficking in Cambodia. As the documentary team followed the devastated lives of little girls like Mien, they found her story did not end at victimization but in victory. It became an unbelievable story of hope and transformation currently happening through the efforts of AIM (Agape International Missions), a transformation that reached from one child to an entire city.
This year, The Pink Room Documentary has won 12 film festival awards internationally, including Best Documentary by the Los Angeles Underground Film Festival. Not only is it a beautiful film, it is an excellent tool to spread awareness and give opportunities for action.
“I believe this film could deeply impact your community to take action in the rescue and restoration of enslaved children.” – J. Harrod, director of development, Agape International Missions.