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The Price of Sex

Mimi Chakarova / United States / 2011 / 73 ' / English - Turkish - Romanian - Russian / S.T. English

Credits

Stephanie Challberg
Mimi Chakarova
Adam Keker
Christopher Hedge
Mimi Chakarova & Stephen Talbot
Christina Andoni
Laura Vlad
Yulia Weeks

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2011
Winner: Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, 2011
Official Selection: One World Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2012
Official Selection: Sarasota Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Hamptons International Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Cinema By The Bay Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Starz Denver Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection: Amnesty International Film Festival, 2011

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

A bold and shocking investigation of sex trafficking, this unflinching doc reveals the darkest side of a pervasive yet undeterred industry in Eastern Europe.

Synopsis

An unprecedented and compelling inquiry, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of trafficked Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova’s feature documentary caps years of painstaking, on-the-ground reporting that aired on Frontline (PBS) and 60 Minutes (CBS) and earned her an Emmy nomination, Magnum photo agency’s Inge Morath Award, and a Webby for Internet excellence.

Filming under cover with extraordinary access, even posing as a prostitute to gather her material, Bulgarian-born Chakarova travels from impoverished rural areas in post-Communist Eastern Europe, including her grandmother’s village, to Turkey, Greece, and Dubai. This dangerous investigative journey brings Chakarova face to face with trafficked women willing to trust her and appear on film undisguised. Their harrowing first-person accounts, as well as interviews with traffickers, clients, and anti-trafficking activists, expose the root causes, complex connections, and stark significance of sexual slavery today.