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Jan. 22 | Community Cinema: A Path Appears

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FREE – Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. | The new documentary investigates young women forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Preview the film and join the conversation. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

WKAR Community Cinema returns in January with a screening and conversation featuring A Path Appears, a new documentary series exploring the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty, and the ripple effects that follow -- including sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and child slavery.

The WKAR Community Cinema event takes place Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at WKAR in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the Michigan State campus. The event is free, but online reservations are required.

The evening begins with a screening of a short portion of the first episode in the series, "Sex Trafficking in the USA," and continues with conversation led by Jane White, Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force; Jennifer Fopma, Battle Creek S.A.F.E. Place; and Detective Amber Kenny-Hinojosa, Ingham County Sheriff's Office.

This screening and conversation is a free presentation in partnership with Project 60/50 at Michigan State University.

Free with Reservation

This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE


This Community Cinema event takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby. Google Map

More About 'A Path Appears: Sex Trafficking in the USA'

Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide, A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Sex trafficking and prostitution. Domestic slavery. Teen pregnancy. The devastation of poverty. These troubling situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but also in our own backyards — in Chicago and Nashville and Boston.

The Department of Justice estimates that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the U.S. This first episode of A Path Appears introduces individual survivors behind these shocking numbers, and illuminates the widespread existence of crimes happening in our own backyards. In this episode, Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof are guided through the streets of Nashville by a woman who was first sold to a pimp by her mother at the age of 12, and then visit an example of a solution that works; in Boston, Kristof is joined by Blake Lively to learn about an anti-trafficking organization, and they assist a mother who fears her missing daughter has fallen prey to a trafficker; then in Chicago, Kristof joins Malin Akerman to go behind the scenes of sting operations cracking down on the buyers of sex.

On the Air

A Path Appears premieres as a special presentation of Independent Lens on three consecutive Monday nights: January 26, February 2, and February 9, 2015 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on WKAR and PBS.

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