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Directed by Jeffrey D. Brown

Spotlight Presentations at AAIFF'14 / USA / 2014 / Drama / 95 mins / English, Hindi with English subtitles / Color


Directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown and Executive Produced by two-time Academy Awards winner, Emma Thompson, SOLD follows Lakshmi (by the stunning Niyar Saikia), a thirteen-year-old girl who travels from rural Nepal to the “Happiness House,” a sordid brothel in Kolkata, India. There she bonds with the other residents with incredible optimism, tenacity and camaraderie that enable her to survive. Adapted from Patricia McCormick’s globally acclaimed book and based on true events, SOLD sheds light on the brutality of the global crime of child and sex trafficking and seeks to raise pertinent dialogues.

The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with director Jeffrey D. Brown, producer Jane Charles, author Patricia Mccormick, and actress Seirah Royin at Asia Society.

We are very proud to present this film with our community partners: AdhikaarKorean American Family Service CenterNew York Asian Women’s CenterSAVIRestore NYCECPAT USA.


Ticket Price for Opening Night Gala
$150 VIP All-Stars
Exclusive VIP reception (starting at 6pm), Opening Night Presentation priority seating, Q&A with filmmaker and artist, Gala reception with chef’s tasting tables, open bar, raffle & silent auction, and Gala gift bag

$75 Regular Admissions | $65 Students/Seniors/Disabled | $50 Members
Screening, Q&A with filmmaker and artist, Gala reception with chef’s tasting tables, open bar, and Gala gift bag

An encore screening of SOLD will be held on July 26th at City Cinema Village East.

Director's Bio

Jeffrey D. Brown studied film at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  His first short with dialogue was an adaptation of a book called MOLLY’S PILGRIM. The dramatic short won an Academy Award in 1986. As a director, Brown has won numerous awards including an Emmy (for an AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL), a Peabody, a Cine Golden Eagle, among others. SOLD is Brown’s first feature-length film as a director.


Jane Charles: Producer
Emma Thompson: Executive Producer

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Dates & Times


Asia Society
July 24, 2014 7:00 pm Tickets Have Been Sold Out