VenueWalter Reade Theater
Saturday June 25 3:30 PM: Panel discussion following screening with: Mimi Chakarova, Filmmaker and Photojournalist; Danielle Malangone, Deputy Project Director, Midtown Community Court – New York; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting
Discussion moderated by Aisling Reidy, Senior Legal Advisor, Human Rights Watch
Sunday June 26 1:30 PM: Q&A with filmmaker & Nestor Almendros Award reception following screening
Intimate and revealing, The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear, and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey¬–exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives. (2011 Nestor Almendros Award Winner)
Presented in association with International Center of Photography
The Festival is delighted to present Mimi Chakarova—filmmaker of The Price of Sex —with our 2011 Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking.
Renowned cinematographer and filmmaker Nestor Almendros (1930–1992) was a founder of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, actively involved in the selection of films and the promotion of human rights filmmaking. Even while deeply immersed in his own projects, he took the time to call the Festival team to mention a strong documentary or promote a work-in-progress. Believing in the power of human rights filmmaking, Nestor devoted himself to becoming a mentor to many young filmmakers. It is in the Festival’s loving memory of Nestor and our desire to celebrate his vision that we proudly bestow this award to filmmakers for their exceptional commitment to human rights.