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1/7/04

Westminster Hosts Distinguished Filmmakers Addressing Problems of International Child Sex Trade

Salt Lake City-January 7, 2004-Westminster College hosts seasoned filmmaker Geralyn Dreyfous, along with documentary filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. The group will present behind-the-scenes pictures and clips from two compelling Sundance Film Festival pieces that chronicle the growing plague of child sex slavery. The three filmmakers will lead a panel discussion following their show. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. January 14 in Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Auditorium and is open to the public at no charge.

Briski and Kauffman's Born Into Brothels, which debuts at this month's Sundance Film Festival, depicts the lives of children in Calcutta's red light district. The children present their lives through emotionally direct and unfiltered photos they took themselves.

Dreyfous produced The Day My God Died, which played in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was recently purchased by PBS. Her film provides actual footage from the brothels of Bombay, captured with "spy camera" technology. It weaves the stories of girls, and their stolen hopes and dreams, into an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery.

As Westminster's Artist-in-Residence January 14-15, Dreyfous will also address several groups of students studying human sexuality, critical issues, feminist issues and philosophy.

"We are thrilled to have such a remarkable individual in residence at Westminster," said Michael Bassis, president of Westminster College. "I hope that our students will be inspired to go out into their communities and make a difference in the same way that Ms. Dreyfous has with her filmmaking."

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