Vegas PBS Holding Special Preview Screening of A Path Appears, a Film Addressing
Human Trafficking and the Adversities Faced by Women and Girls Around the World
Vegas PBS will broadcast national film and local production during
January which is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Vegas PBS is hosting a special preview screening of A Path Appears, a film addressing human trafficking and the adversities faced by women and girls around the world on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Inspire Theater located at 107 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nevada. The screening is free, attendees must be 21 or older, and seating will be limited. Interested persons should RSVP to Diana Morgan at dmorgan@VegasPBS.org or 702-799-1010 X5415 to reserve a seat. Audrey Morrissey and Adia Lancaster, both of whom are involved in the fight against human trafficking, will be discussing the issue and taking questions during the screening. Morrissey, who is featured in A Path Appears, is a former victim of sexual exploitation who escaped the abuse to become the My Life My Choice assistant director and coordinator. Lancaster is a Las Vegas-based activist who works to raise awareness about the global problem of trafficking and she serves as a member of the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force.
The film is based upon the most recent book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, by authors/reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn who also wrote the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Viewers will take the journey with Kristof and WuDunn and celebrity activists Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya and throughout the United States as they explore the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the consequences that can follow including sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence and child slavery. Along the way, they meet with inspiring activists who are creating effective solutions to combat gender-based oppression, transform lives and provide a roadmap for sustainable future change. A representative segment takes place in Boston where Kristof and Lively visit the nationally recognized anti-trafficking organization My Life My Choice. One of the founders of the organization, Audrey Morrissey, is a survivor of forced prostitution and drug addiction. After almost 20 years on the street, she now mentors young victims and trains future generations of survivors to become mentors themselves. In addition to this screening, Vegas PBS will broadcast A Path Appears, a special presentation of Independent Lens, on Mondays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 at 10 p.m.
Also, Vegas PBS will broadcast a local production entitled Sex Trafficking: It’s Our Business on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. This program shows that sex trafficking is a tragedy that occurs in the United States including Nevada. This abuse of human beings can take place in the poorest neighborhoods or the most expensive, master-planned communities. The broadcast will feature local experts providing facts about sex trafficking, exploring the psychology of the perpetrator and the victim, relating the services available to help those in this harrowing situation, and informing interested persons what they can do to help.
“The preview screening and broadcasts will play a vital role in alerting our community about the scourge that is human trafficking and informing our viewers about the other obstacles that women and girls face. The programs will also highlight the local and global efforts being undertaken to confront these issues. As a public service media organization, Vegas PBS recognizes the importance of educating our viewers about significant matters that impact our society,” says Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell.
About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!
Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on VegasPBS.org, PBS.org, PBSKids.org, PBSParents.org, PBSTeachers.org and NextAvenue.org. Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce development and economic diversification through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).
Vegas PBS provides K-12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including TeacherLine professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.