A scene from the 2014 film Sold, directed by Jeffrey Brown. Courtesy image.

PictureJeffrey Brown. Courtesy image.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Brown has had a storied career, directing episodes of The Wonder Years and L.A. Law and winning an Academy Award in 1986 for his film Molly’s Pilgrim.

But no project Brown’s helmed has drawn as much acclaim – and sparked a subsequent movement – as Sold. The 2014 film, based on Patricia McCormick’s novel of the same name, tells the story of Lakshmi who is the victim of human trafficking, a saga that takes her from a rural village in Nepal to a brothel called Happiness House in India. Lakshmi risks everything for freedom, and Brown used the tale to give voice to 1.8 million children who are trafficked every year into sexual slavery. Human trafficking is happening now in every community, country and continent and yet is invisible.

Brown, just back from a visit with Pope Francis, will discuss Sold on Thursday, March 30 at 1pm at the Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale, Mill Valley. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Here’s the trailer for Sold:

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