6th Annual LUNAFEST® Film Festival Spotlights Advocacy For Indigenous Women

6th Annual LUNAFEST® Film Festival Spotlights Advocacy For Indigenous Women

 The 20-minute film, “Chosen,” is a true story about Brianna, a star student, cheerleader and waitress, who is lured into the world of sex trafficking when she moves to a big city to attend college.

The 20-minute film, “Chosen,” is a true story about Brianna, a star student, cheerleader and waitress, who is lured into the world of sex trafficking when she moves to a big city to attend college.

CUSTER, SD – Lunafest, an annual traveling international festival that features women filmmakers, this year highlights a showing of “Chosen”, a short film made to help stop human trafficking. It will be followed by a discussion, and a presentation on “Service and Advocacy of Indigenous Women.”

The festival of “Short Films By, For, About Women” is hosted by Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills at Custer High School Saturday, April 1, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. The club is part of a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

“Chosen” is a true story of two teens tricked by traffickers. Brianna, 18, was a star student, cheerleader and waitress eager to break out of her small town to attend college in the big city. Lacy, 13, enjoyed church and school but struggled to help care for her siblings while her stepfather was deployed and mother worked to support the family. Brianna and Lacy relate how traffickers used manipulation to lure them into the world of sex trafficking.

The 20-minute movie will be shown at 12 and 2 p.m. The film discussion group will be at 12:30 p.m. and the presentation on Service and Advocacy of Indigenous Women is from 1 to 2 p.m.

In addition to this and other documentary shorts, Lunafest includes films in the genres of art, animation, and fictional drama. Nine movies on the program cover topics such as health, leadership, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds from Lunafest benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills.

The movies will be screened in connection with a trade show of exhibitors representing local businesses and services. Trade show hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase during that time.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Trade Show featuring Business and Service Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. Continuous showing of Lunafest films begins; final showing at 3:00 PM

12:00 Noon Film “Chosen”

12:30 p.m. Film Discussion group

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Presentation on Service and Advocacy of Indigenous Women

2:00 p.m. Film “Chosen”

TICKETS: Admission to Films: $10.00 Suggested Donation

No Charge for Trade Show or Presentation Service and Advocacy of Indigenous Women

Custer JR/SR High School  Google Map.
1645 Wildcat Ln, Custer, SD 57730

SPONSORS: Edward Jones, Black Hills Energy, Carson Drugs, State Farm Insurance, Women Escaping a Violent Environment (W.E.A.V.E.), South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence, Custer Real Estate

 

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