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Sold (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama | 1 April 2016 (USA)
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A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.

Director:

Jeffrey D. Brown

Writers:

Jeffrey D. Brown, Joseph Kwong (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Gillian Anderson ... Sophia
David Arquette ... Sam
Neerja Naik ... Anita
Priyanka Bose ... Monica
Parambrata Chatterjee ... Vikram
Ratnabali Bhattacharjee ... Pushpa
Tillotama Shome ... Bimla
Seema Biswas ... Amma
Sushmita Mukherjee ... Mumtaz
Ankur Vikal ... Varun
Seirah Royin ... Mrs. Tripathi
Vikram Chatwal Vikram Chatwal ... Police Chief 2
Gopi Desai Gopi Desai ... Diya
Niyar Saikia ... Lakshmi
Paran Bawa Paran Bawa ... Police Chief 1
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In Nepal, during a feast, a thirteen-year-old girl will meet a woman who is different from the ones in her village. That woman will make an offer to the girl's parents in order to let her take their daughter to another city, where she will be able to work as a kind of housekeeper. Soon after they cross the borders in India, the girl will find out that she is going to live in a brothel. Written by sophouli

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material involving the trafficking of children | See all certifications »

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USA | India

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English | Hindi

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Продажа See more »

Filming Locations:

Nepal See more »

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When Gillian Anderson was first cast her character only had 1 line. See more »

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Passing out Gifts
Music by Sammy Chand
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Some films aren't meant for enjoying…
22 July 2014 | by momtazbhSee all my reviews

SOLD is an uncomfortable watch. A 13-year-old girl is repeatedly raped and as the viewer, we have to sit back and witness it, glancing away from the screen because at times it's too difficult to fathom, or perhaps taking brief looks while shuffling in our seats trying hard to focus on something else, just to get through the movie.

The film is based on a novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick. It centres on a young Nepali girl who is sold by her father unknowingly to a brothel in India. She is taken here against her will, beaten, tortured and raped until she finally escapes.

An estimated 20,000 children are trafficked from Nepal every year, a figure that is rising. It is not an issue exclusive to the country, but a form of human slavery that exists all over the world; a subject that Director Jeffrey Brown aims to raise awareness about through his debut film.

There is little respite, just a few moments of joy when the children of the brothel are given brief opportunities to be kids such as flying kites and dropping waterbombs on unsuspecting passers by made from condoms – but there's no 'happy ending' to look forward to. Life for these women is depicted just as it is in reality – difficult, desperate, depressing…all the negatives you can think of.

Who is this film for? It doesn't exist to 'entertain' or make viewers come out and think 'I loved that film' – it serves a different purpose. One that we often overlook in filmmaking. It has the power to change things. SOLD will make you reassess your own situation, spark discussion and raise awareness. It may even give hope to the women around the world who are in this situation as there are plans to screen it in schools, colleges and centres to educate people. At the very least it will give you an insight into a world you will never experience – something it does with passion and sensitivity.

SOLD takes a while to digest but it's a film that is bold, brave and necessary: something you can't say about the majority of movies that are churned out of Hollywood and Bollywood.


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