Director Lucy Liu Debuts “Meena,” a True Story of Sex Slavery and Survival

 

Stories of sex slavery constantly splash across the covers of newspapers or flash in bold letters on television. For most, it may just be another uncomfortable headline that makes us want to right the wrongs of the injustice for a mere few minutes. For others, tragically, it is their everyday life.

The best-selling book Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, which depicts the three main global crises — gender-based violence, maternal mortality and sex trafficking — was the basis for a short film by Chinese American actress Lucy Liu, who produced and directed the film, along with award-winning writing and producing team The Sibs (Megan Raney Aarons & Colin Keith Grey).

 

 

Taking just one chapter from the book, Liu and The Sibs expertly capture the inspirational story of Meena Haseena, an Indian girl who was captured into sex slavery by her own uncle at the age of 8 years old. For an entire decade, Meena was enslaved and even gave birth to two children while in captivity. The film follows Meena’s life after she was able to escape — she even managed to rescue her own children who were also being held in the same brothel.

 

Actress Sparsh Khanchandani who plays young Meena. Photo courtesy of of meenathemovie.com

Actress Sparsh Khanchandani who plays young Meena. Photo courtesy of of meenathemovie.com

 

The moving film that raised awareness for UNICEF’s Child Protection programs worldwide premiered in New York City on June 26, and also made its online debut on the film’s website, which you can watch here.

 

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Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee who plays Meena. Photo courtesy of meenathemovie.com

 

Some of the cast and crew. Photo courtesy of meenathemovie.com

Some of the cast and crew. Photo courtesy of meenathemovie.com

 

Aziz Ansari on Conan O’Brien Talks Racists: They’re Dying Off

Check out the hilarious comedian Aziz Ansari on Conan and his take on Miss America Nina Davuluri, Asians in the media, and racists.

 

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2013 Golden Globes Fashion – Asian Celebrity Edition!

Jamie Chung. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Recap some of the Golden Globes fashion from Sunday evening – all featuring some of your favorite Asian celebrities!


Shay Mitchell (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Dev Patel. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Nathan Adrian.

Nathan Adrian and Natalie Coughlin.

Archie Panjabi (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Berenice Marlohe (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)

Life of Pi composer Mychael Danna with wife Aparna. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Life of Pi’s Sunaj Sharma, Ang Lee, and Tabu.

Freida Pinto in Antonio Beradi. (Photo courtesy of Getty)

Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Hannah Simone. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Olivia Munn in Armani. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Life of Pi’s Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Vanessa Hudgens in Jenny Packham. (Photo Courtesy of Huffington Post)

Actor Kunal Nayyar. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Aziz Ansari as a presenter with Jason Bateman at The 70th Golden Globes awards ceremony on January 13, 2013.

Golden Globes theme composer/Japanese rock artist Yoshiki. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)