The Center for Investigative Reporting would like to extend a special invitation to a private Bay Area screening of “The Price of Sex” on April 12 at 7 PM in Sutardja Hall Auditorium, UC Berkeley. Please also join us for a reception with the director at 6:30 PM at the School of Journalism’s Library, 121 North Gate Hall:

RSVP required for the UC Berkeley screening:

“The Price of Sex” is a feature documentary by Mimi Chakarova investigating sex trafficking. The film will premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 15. The film’s New York premiere will be at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center on June 23, 24 and 25. See more screening listings here:

The 73-min. film has already received recognition for Excellence and Best Narration at the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards and will receive the 2011 Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in June. It has also been picked up for North American distribution by Women Make Movies in New York and by CAT&DOCS in Paris for international distribution.

Visit to watch the trailer, see additional screening venues, and to explore the multimedia series, a map of trafficking hotspots, as well as links and resources and ways to get involved.

About the film:

Director Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey based on seven years of reporting, 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 some women manage to escape to tell their stories.

“The Price of Sex” was written, directed and produced by Mimi Chakarova; edited by Stephanie Challberg; principal photography by Adam Keker; Stephen Talbot was executive producer. Carrie Ching produced the website and co-produced the multimedia series. The film was produced in association with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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