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Screen Debates: Playground

September 3, 2010

From Women’s Support Project

September 2010 Month Of Action To Raise Awareness Of Child Sexual Abuse

Screen Debates: Playground

22nd September, 5.45pm- 8.15pm, Glasgow Film Theatre.

Women’s Support Project, in conjunction with Glasgow Film Theatre and The Nest Foundation, Los Angeles, presents ‘Playground’.
Sign Language Interpreter.
Tickets £6.90 /£5.20 available from GFT, 12 Rose St, Glasgow, 0141 332 6535 or online at http://www.gft.org.uk.
Wheelchair Accessible.

Playground is about the sexual exploitation of children and young people. This excellent documentary is a must to see from filmmaker Libby Spears and Executive Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Steven Soderbergh. It demonstrates that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. We see first-hand interviews with victims, their pimps, and their abusers. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later. Following the screening there will be an audience/panel discussion and we are delighted to welcome to the panel, Chief Inspector Gordon Dawson, Linda Thompson, National Development Officer (Challenging Demand) and others to be confirmed.

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