PNW Select Screenings
From May 14th through the 20th, we were in the Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, B.C. metro areas for some preliminary screenings of the film. On May 17th, we had a screening at the University of Washington, which was well attended by an estimated 500 to 600 people, which was followed by a panel discussion that included former Congresswoman Linda Smith, Lieutenant Eric Sano from the Seattle Police Department, Prosecutor Sean O’Donnell, and Velma Veloria (who was involved with drafting Washington’s anti-trafficking legislation).
Early the next morning we drove up 1-5 to prepare for a screening of the film that evening at District 319 in downtown Vancouver, B.C. There was also a silent art auction that took place before and after the screening to raise money for Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission. Friday evening Grace Point Community Church hosted a screening in Surrey, B.C. after which an offering was taken to go towards a local women’s shelter. Even though the documentary focuses on domestic minor sex trafficking in the US, the issue of sex trafficking certainly exists in a similar context just across our borders. We were excited to see that each event was helping people to connect with organizations that are addressing the issue in their communities.
(photo credit: Jonathan Dy www.jonathandy.com)
While we were up in a sunny Vancouver, it was also a time for our group to reconnect after some of us had been apart for so long. We were even honored to have our writer, Kevin Miller, present at both of the Canadian events. He always provides for some valuable insights and lively conversation. As a team it was exciting to have the chance to run through some screenings while looking forward to the much more extensive tour that will begin this August. Overall, the week was a small sampling for the much more hearty serving of touring that is yet to come.
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