Another great week in LA and the film world in general!
I want to talk with you about the film Eden. I finally got to see it tonight at it’s LA premiere. The film premiered at SXSW 2012 winning the award for best Narrative feature and was also at SIFF 2012, winning the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress. The reason for all the recognition is how Megan Griffiths handles such a difficult subject matter with grace and thoughtful story telling.
“EDEN is a new film inspired by the true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim. Eden, a young Korean-American girl, is abducted near her home in New Mexico and forced into prostitution by a domestic human and drug trafficking ring located outside the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the two years she is held, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her. Inspired by a harrowing true story, EDEN peers into the darkest corners of America and attempts to discover the humanity within.” (From the FB Page)
I understand that this isn’t an easy film to watch. It tells a heartbreaking story. Tonight I met Chong Kim in person. She has so much strength to speak up and tell her devastating story, a story we all need to hear, putting a horrific but very real issue in the spotlight. We need to honour what she has done by buying a ticket and showing up to the screening.
Also, a note on the score by Jeramy Koepping and Joshua Morrison: it was really well done. It was very intimate and atmospheric. Truly served the picture.
Friend Eden on fb and find a screening near you!