Eden Movie, Based on the Life of Trafficking Survivor, Activist & Artist Chong Kim

16 Mar

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I’m over the moon about the movie Eden, based on the life of sister survivor Chong Kim, who’s an activist, writer and artist.   Chong inspires trafficking/prostitution survivors whereever she goes. She received screen credit for her story.  I’m so teary, happy and proud.

Eden, starring Jamie Chung and Beau Bridges,  was a huge hit at the South by Southwest Arts Festival.  It won  the Women’s Director Award and the Narrative Feature Audience Award.  Jamie Chung won a special jury prize for her acting performance.

Here’s an excerpt of a rave review by Drew McWeeney:

I will definitely catch up with it, because I thought her new film, “Eden,” was a strong, simple presentation of a harrowing story, with a great performance from Jamie Chung to ground the whole thing.  Based on the real life of Chong Kim, who gets a co-story credit, “Eden” tells the story of a young Korean girl who works for her parents in their store and who is just starting to experiment with freedom, sneaking out with her friend, smoking cigarettes.  She’s very young, and despite her little white lies, she seems like a fairly innocent girl.

That ends one night when she uses a fake ID to go to a bar where she meets Jesse (Scott Mechlowicz).  She decides to go home with him, and instead ends up abducted, then driven to her new home, a prison-like bunker where she’s kept with other underage prostitutes.  The main face she sees each day belongs to Vaughan (Matt O’Leary), who works for Bob Gault (Beau Bridges), a law-enforcement officer who is running a fairly major network of flesh-peddling on many levels.

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14 Responses to “Eden Movie, Based on the Life of Trafficking Survivor, Activist & Artist Chong Kim”

  1. gigoid March 16, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Stella Mar….I hope this comes “to a theater near me” sometime….I may not be able to sit through the whole movie; I have had PTSD for a long time, and often have a hard time getting past it to see stuff, or even read stuff, that takes me too close to those feelings. And, unfortunately, they are all-too-close to the surface all the time…. but it sounds like it would be worth my effort to try to be strong enough to see it all… I have to tell you, it took me quite a while to make it through the initial piece I read of yours; I’m glad I kept coming back to it, because it was well worth it to be privileged to meet you, even online; your story is just as inspirational as this one promises to be…. that being said, and wept over, I’ll be back, I enjoy basking in your reflected strength and grace of spirit….. Blessed Be….

    • stellamarr March 16, 2012 at 2:11 am #

      Your support means the world to us survivors. Thank you for your kind empathy. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with PTSD too. Blessed be, xoxo

      • gigoid March 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

        No worries, milady…. I’ve re-blogged this post on my blog, as I intend to do with all of your posts…. enjoy the day…..

  2. Michelle R. York March 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Your blog is eye opening and brings fresh awareness of the plight faced by many young women we never hear from. I applaud your efforts to bring awareness to this heart rending aspect of our society. God bless you and carry you.
    ~ Michelle

  3. stephenedwards425 March 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Major big honking kudos to Chong…great job…can’t wait to catch the flick.

    Stella keep on providing the voice…you do it perfectly.

    Be encouraged!

  4. Christina March 22, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG, and everything it stands for!!! xxx

  5. Wildcat's Wife March 25, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I’m embarrassed to admit, but I know nothing of this subject. Following so you can educate me. All the best…

  6. A Woman and Her Pen! March 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    I have been studying human traffic incidents for the last 5 years and I am INDEED in support of this blog!

    Praying for people like Chong Kim………….

    Countries really need to take this serious….. I mean it is like until something happens to the “POLITIICIAN’S KID” …….new legislation wont be passed.

    • theblunttruth666 October 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      OMG I fully agree with you! It’s true and very sad in deed!

  7. gigoid March 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:
    Here is the third in the ongoing series of articles regarding the survivors of the trafficking in human flesh, a real-life movie now playing on a street near you…. this madness has to stop…..

  8. theblunttruth666 October 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on theblunttruth666 and commented:
    This is an important topic to shed light on! Big thanks to the blogger who is spreading more awareness about this sad and terrifying issue! Thanks again for your efforts!


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