A narrative drama about a young Nepalese girl striving to escape prostitution

2014 | Running Time: 94 minutes | Rating: PG-13

Based on the novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick, SOLD portrays the realities of international child trafficking. After a monsoon washes away her family’s crops, 13-year-old Lakshmi is pressured by her father to help support the family. Thinking she is getting a job as a maid in the city, the young Nepalese girl ends up being trafficked to India to work at a brothel. There she lives in captivity enduring forced prostitution, a harrowing reality for millions of children around the world. Ultimately, Lakshmi risks everything to reclaim her life. SOLD premiered at the 2014 Cinequest Film Festival. Director/Writer: Jeffrey Brown; Starring: Niyar Saikia; Producer: Jane Charles; Executive Producer: Emma Thompson

Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2016: Best Feature Film
Sonoma International Film Festival 2015: Audience Choice for World Cinema
London Indian Film Festival, UK 2014: Pure Heaven Audience Award
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature (nomination)

“Brown makes it clear that what happened to Lakshmi is not her fault – and more importantly, she’s never passive, taking her fate into her own hands.”