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SANDS of SILENCE by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle streamed on WORLD Channel

Chelo Álvarez-Stehle documentary about Sex Exploitation, to be premiered at PBS

The film culminates a 12-year effort of the EWA Network member, director Alvarez-Stehle.

“Knowing the film is going to enter the hearts of millions of households across the U.S. gives me hope,” says the director. "It means that countless people are going to be touched and moved to take action. Our film impacts and helps heal both victims and perpetrators,” she adds, “as we have witnessed in our presentations in prisons, universities and communities around the world.”

 The film has had an international impact campaign with screenings from Shanghai to Sydney and in universities from Yale, NYU and UCLA, to Oxford, Barcelona, Brisbane and Hiroshima. “This film is a tool that moves those who watch it to break their own silence,” says Alvarez-Stehle, “and inspires them to be part of the solution in the fight against the long standing sexual violence pandemic that affects us all.”


Tune In or Stream on WORLD Channel’s ‘Doc World’  and 174 PBS stations nationwide.

Sunday Sept. 27, 2020 @ 7p PT / 10p ET SandsofSilence


The 15-year quest of world-reporter and Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas. Her journey leads to the windswept beach where her childhood ended ,  and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias - a Mexican American woman whose past is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation - into an inspiring advocate committed to break that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection and sets out to shatter the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.

Produced, directed and written by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle,  the film has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary Feature by at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards, Best Humanitarian Documentary from the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase, and Best Documentary and Audience Choice Award at the Malibu International Film Festival.