By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire March 6, 2014 at 2:19PM
Slavery has been depicted on the big screen in countless films (most recently in Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave"), but rarely is the topic of human trafficking depicted in a contemporary setting. The independent feature film "Sold," directed by Jeffrey D. Brown, executive produced by Emma Thompson, and starring Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, and Seema Biswas, will shed new light on the topic when the film opens the 12th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
"Sold," an adaptation of the National Book Award-nominated novel by Patricia McCormick and based on true accounts, details a young girl's harrowing attempt at escaping her life in a brothel in India. "Because of 'Sold's' marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast,” said Emma Thompson, “it is a story that we can ALL watch – so that we may understand the processes of slavery in modern India and feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything.”
Director Jeffery D. Brown and select A-list cast and supporters will be in attendance at the Opening Night Gala, where the Opening Night Gala Reception will be hosted by Nirvana-Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills. The festival will run from April 8-13 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception. The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced in mid-March.
In addition, Jasmine Jaisinghani has been appointed as the festival’s first-ever Artistic Director "We're thrilled to have Jasmine on board as our Artistic Director," said Christina Marouda, IFFLA’s Founder and Chair of the Board. "She was our first Festival Coordinator in 2005, and has been associated with IFFLA since. This feels like a full circle, and we could not think of a more deserving person to take on this position."