The scripted directorial debut of Lucy Liu and The Sibs (Megan Raney Aarons & Colin Keith Gray), MEENA is an adaptation of this brave and inspirational true story. The film is based on a chapter from Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which lays out an agenda for the world's women to confront three on-going global crises: gender-based violence, maternal mortality, and sex trafficking.
MEENA was filmed during a month long production in Mumbai, India. This searing depiction of sex slavery in India was made to help bring awareness to the issue of child trafficking. Meena Haseena was eight years old when she was kidnapped by her uncle and sold to a brothel. For over a decade she was forced into sexual slavery. She gave birth to two children while in captivity, and she later rescued them after her own escape from the brothel. Her story has been brought to life in this short film.
The film premiere took place on June 26, 2014 in New York City and was co-hosted by Deepak Chopra and Lucy Liu. The event included a panel discussion on violence against children featuring Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and Susan Bissell of UNICEF.
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