mc-logoRobert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
Rockville, MD

Feature Film: SOLD

“Amazing, very speechless – drawn in. I work with young people every day – domestic victims – and what I appreciated is you can feel what is being lost in these children. Through the film you can see what’s still there if we can reach them in time. That was a real tension held in the film.”  – Melinda Giovengo, Youthcare

SOLD posterAbout the Film

A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.

Sold is directed by Academy, Emmy and Peabody Award winner Jeffrey D Brown based on Patricia McCormick’s novel Sold. The film is executive produced by Emma Thompson, Jane Charles, and Katie Mustard.


Post Screening Discussion on Human Trafficking with:
Sheela Murthy, Immigration Attorney
Sarva Rajendra, PhilanthropistPresident of Sahasra Deepika
Seema Biswas, International Award Winning Actress
Jeffrey D Brown,
Oscar Winning Director

Discussion will be moderated by Monika Samtani, President of Ms. Media.

Post Screening Discussion with Director Jeffrey D Brown, Producer Jane Charles, Actress Seirah Royin, and Seema Biswas

Cast: David Arquette, Gillian Anderson, Seema Biswas, Seirah Royin

Jeffrey BrownDirector: Jeffrey D Brown

Jeffrey D Brown is an American film/television director film producer and screenwriter. He is best known for the directing, producing and writing the short film Molly’s Pilgrim for which he won an Academy Award in 1986 for Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. His other directing credits are the television series The Wonder Years, L.A. Law, Hooperman, Freshman Dorm, Baby Boom and an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. Brown has also produced and co-wrote the films Pontiac Moon (1994) starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen and Dream with the Fishes (1997), both in collaboration with Finn Taylor. He directed the narrative feature film Sold based on Patricia McCormick’s novel Sold.

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Language: Hindi/English (English subtitles)

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

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Short Film: Unwritten Law

Unwritten Law PosterAbout the Short Film

Sameera, a Central University student, accuses the captain of the University Cricket
team and his younger brother of sexual assault. She is quickly thrust into the spotlight
of media and social media as her motives and character are put under the scanner.

Cast: Tanya Joshi, Nimit Pershad, Prithvi Chahal, Vinay Varma, Sowmya Ram, Amala Akkineni

Geetika-1Director: Geetika Tandon Higgins

Geetika Tandon Higgins has a Masters in Film Directing and has been a media professional for the past 15 years. She has worked in the capacity of a Writer, Director, Producer, AD and Stylist for feature films, Ad films, television series, music videos, short films and corporate films. She has also been associated with leading film and media schools in India.

She was the Head of Student Productions at Whistling Woods International Limited (2007 – 2009) and the Head of Screenwriting for Balaji Telefilms’ academic venture ICE (2010 – 2011). In 2011 she joined Annapurna International School of Film and Media in Hyderabad as the founding Head of Academics and was instrumental in launching Bachelors and Masters degree programs in Filmmaking and a Media MBA for the school.
Runtime: 20 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama, Thriller, News

Country: India

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