A Feature Documentary
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Our film explores the horrific experiences, powerful liberation, and current mission of a woman named Stacy Jewell Lewis who was kidnapped at 19 years old in Washington DC, and delivered to the sex trafficker who would keep her captive for the next two years-- brainwashed, sold, shamed, and convinced she would die a prostitute. Through conversations with Stacy, her incredible performances, and private interviews with those who knew her in “the life,” as well as those who came to know her after, we explore the complex psychology of one coerced into prostitution, and how she miraculously escaped from her oppressor.
We artistically portray Stacy’s story to also understand, from her perspective, how a victim of abuse, manipulation, and dehumanization can become whole and free at last, both outwardly and inwardly. Stacy’s story is not cynical and tragic because she has truly, spiritually liberated herself from the shame and lies that come with being a prostitute. She now uses her compelling voice to fight for victims of trafficking worldwide through speaking engagements, and her award winning play, 7 Layers Captive, which premiered at the Kennedy Center.
Every day, millions of women, girls and boys' minds are stripped, bodies are ravished, freedom is stolen for someone else's profit.
This is the greatest travesty in the world. By sharing the personal experience of a captivating survivor, who tells of her experience with a spoonful of sugar, we can build empathy, compel action, and educate on this most pressing issue.
This film will be an extremely important addition to the conversation, because most films about sex trafficking sensationalize the issue, and reinforce the dehumanization of prostitutes. In some documentaries, when a former prostitute is interviewed, her lower third will even describe her as a “former sex slave,” language that is considered offensive and inappropriate in the advocacy world. Stacy's story is important because she completely revolutionizes what we think it means to be a prostitute, with humor and eloquence. She gives insight into the psychology of a woman who works the corner, and the fear and manipulation inflicted on her by her oppressor. Now that Stacy has healed from the trauma, she can detail her experience with an inner power, understanding, and compassion, and she shows how other victims can do the same.
We have been building a relationship with Stacy Jewell Lewis since early 2015. She doesn't share her true feelings and stories readily, as she's been taken advantage of by so many times in the past, including by organizations who would use her story to build their empire; so she passionately and intelligently guards herself.
Over the past three years we have seen her open up more and more. We have filmed her process of self discovery, her closest relationships, her performances, the intimate moments when it's just us. We cherish and understand her, and share common values with Stacy. She trusts us to tell her story the way it should be told, no holds barred.