We continue to get great coverage of She Has A Name in the press. Here’s a recent write up in the Cochrane Times in advance of our screening there on January 18 during Human Trafficking Awareness Month:
The Chinook Film Group is bringing She Has a Name to the Cochrane Movie House on Wed. Jan. 18, a serious film that deals with the state of slavery in the modern world, something many people are surprised to learn remains an incredibly profitable venture despite being legally banned in every country.
“Slavery hasn’t gone away and its easy to think it has,” said Andrew Kooman, who founded Unveil Studios with his brothers Matthew and Daniel in Red Deer in order to bring topics like human trafficking into public awareness.
Andrew himself first started becoming aware of the depths of the modern slave trade in the mid-2000s and started to write She Has a Name as a one act play following a girl who found herself in the illegal sex trade industry but it it evolved as he learned more about it. While he was writing the play, Andrew followed the 2008 incident where 121 people were left to suffocate in a tanker after it ran out of gas and was abandoned in Thailand with 54 people dying before they were discovered.
Drawing further inspiration from this real world event, She Has a Name follows the story of a girl known as #18, played by Terasa Ting, who is trafficked as a sex worker in Thailand and an American lawyer named Jason, played by Giovani Mocibob, posing as a john to try and build up a legal case against traffickers. When Jason meets #18 while she is working as a prostitute at a go go bar, he tries to convince her to testify as a part of his case and she has to decide whether getting involved is worth the risk to her life.
“The thought that humans are enslaved really rattles people,” said Andrew, who has seen people’s eyes opened during the cross-country theatrical performances and has been getting great feedback from people who have seen the film and now want to become engaged in putting an end to slavery. “People are really touched by the story and encouraged by the message.”
Read the full article here