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2014 Asian American International Film Festival


Directed by Jeffrey D. Brown

Asian American Titles at AAIFF'14, Narrative Features at AAIFF'14 / USA / 2014 / Drama / 95 mins / English, Hindi with English subtitles / Color / East Coast Premiere

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City Cinema Village East
July 26, 2014 5:00 pm


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, and actress Seirah Royin.

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

Special media support from Sava360, WomenInvestingInWomen

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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


City Cinema Village East
July 26, 2014 5:00 pm