Join us for GOOD SF's first event of the year. To raise awareness and share stories about the sex trafficking ecosystem, we’re partnering with filmmaker Sian Taylor Gowan and Not For Sale, a network for self-sustaining social projects to end exploitation and forced labor, for a film screening of Surviving International Boulevard.
Following the screening, we'll be holding a Q&A panel discussion with Sian Taylor Gowan, director of Surviving International Boulevard and Sarai Smith-Mazariegos, founder of SHADEproject.org.
Ticket sales will be going to the SHADE project.
6:30 - 7:00pm Doors open
7:00 - 7:30pm Screening of Surviving International Boulevard
7:30 - 8:30pm Q&A discussion panel
About the film
Surviving International Boulevard reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the experiences of two women from Oakland, California. Driving along International Boulevard’s dark streets, a mother recounts her own wild determination to rescue her 15-year-old daughter from a sex trafficker "boyfriend." Night after night, combing the dangerous streets of East Oakland, she never gives up on her child. Switching to daylight, a nonprofit advocate and survivor of sexual exploitation shares her extensive experience helping young victims get the help they so desperately need. Driving along The Blade as they call it, Sarai Smith Mazariegos, co-founder of MISSSEY.org and founder of SHADEproject.org, unveils her personal story while breaking down the raw truth about victims and traffickers as it unfolds on the street around her.
Sex trafficking is part of GOOD SF’s quarterly modern-day slavery theme that we’ll be exploring through April. If you're interested in contributing an article related to our quarterly theme to our blog or collaborating with us, please email us at email@example.com.
Sian Taylor Gowan
Founder and filmmaker of Red Scarf Films, making her directorial debut with 'Surviving International Boulevard'. With a passion for social cause work and a professional background in nonprofit advertising and outreach, Sian has served as Board Member for Afghans4Tomorrow and as Advertising Director for progressive independent news site, AlterNet.org. Combining her creative production skills and nonprofit experience, Sian has created Red Scarf Films in order to produce social cause films for awareness and community action. For her next project, Sian is currently co-producing a feature documentary film, 'Home Yet Far Away: Searching for The Feminine in Iran & the U.S.'
Co-founder of MISSSEY and CEO and founder of S.H.A.D.E. Project (Survivors, Healing, Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment). has achieved groundbreaking strides in her field. She has worked with survivors of domestic violence, domestic minor sex trafficking, runaway/homeless youth, foster care/probation minors, group homes/shelters, juvenile courts, and the last 12 years supporting CSEC-specific services for the City of Oakland and Alameda County. Sarai is a specialist in crisis intervention and trauma informed care services for women and children who are at risk or has experienced domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), sexual abuse.
Director of NFS in United States. He shares his experience to help young girls to deprogram what they have been told on the streets and in their life. Formerly as the NFS Reinvent’s Youth Employment Specialist, Darian trained young girls with professional skills from the ground up and connected program graduates with potential employers in the Bay Area.