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Linfield to host film screening of ‘Volviendo’

VolviendoThe issues of social injustice and sex trafficking in Latin America will be examined during a film screening of “Volviendo” on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Following the screening, a number of activities will be held including an information fair and art display in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. A discussion with producer Phillip Abraham and survivor Jes Richardson will be held at 8 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with representatives from Portland organizations including Freedom’s Breath, Mending the Soul, Door to Grace and others at 8:30 p.m., both in Ice Auditorium.

“Volviendo” follows three filmmakers as they conduct research for a fictional feature film about a sex slave from Latin America. After a dangerous trip through a dozen Latin countries, their hearts are changed by the brokenness of the victims, and their quest to make a movie becomes a compelling story within itself, resulting in the documentary “Volviendo.”

The film is shot on location in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru and Chile, among others, and in the United States in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Portland. Through more than 70 firsthand interviews, the film captures the stories of those on the front lines of social injustice. The film approaches sex trafficking from the root of the issue, discussing abuse, prevention, education, training and exposure of the cruel realities behind the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. and Latin America. “Volviendo” is the winner of the MTV Exit and UNICEF International award for best documentary on human sex trafficking.

The screening is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Chaplain’s Office and the Chaplain’s Team. For more information, contact David Massey, college chaplain, at 503-883-2259, dmassey@linfield.edu.