UNA-NY Screening the Issues


Please join us for this one night screening followed by a discussion with co-producer Guy Jacobson

Friday, April 9, 2010
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration and Reception
(Screening begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.)

The Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Streets)
New York, NY

While some human trafficking legislation is already in effect, such as that passed by the U.S. Congress ten years ago, there is yet an estimated 2 million child sex workers who toil in what the United Nations deems the fastest growing criminal enterprise worldwide.

A compelling glance into the world of child prostitution, HOLLY has been called "a work of serious, contemplative outrage" (New York Sun). In this true story, Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has been comfortably numb in Cambodia for years when he encounters Holly (Thuy Nguyen), a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, in the K11 red-light village. The girl has been sold by her impoverished family and smuggled across the border to work as a prostitute. Holly's virginity makes her a lucrative prize, and when she is sold to a child trafficker, Patrick embarks on a frantic search to bring her to safety.

Harsh yet poetic, this feature forms part of the K11 Project, a charitable foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the epidemic of child trafficking and the sex-slavery trade. The film's co-producer Guy Jacobson, a New York lawyer, formed the K11 Project after being propositioned by young girls during a 2002 trip to Cambodia. The project's producers, who endured substantial hardships and risk while shooting in Cambodia, have also founded the RedLight Children Campaign, a worldwide grassroots initiative generating conscious concern and inspiring immediate action against child sexploitation.

The UN previously sponsored a screening of HOLLY, which was attended by Hillary Clinton, Susan Sarandon and Ron Livingston on the host comittee, and which was held to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit public charity dedicated to ending modern day slavery around the world.

"A film that never stoops to sensationalism to make its heartfelt points... HOLLY works as a mobilizing tool for its cause." — Variety

"HOLLY is grassroots dynamite" — Indiewire

A selection of related links:

Watch the HOLLY trailer

Video: Producers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni with Somaly Mam on ABC

Video: Producer Guy Jacobson with Julie Vahdati (A Woman's World)

Interview: Guy Moshe, director of HOLLY

More about the K11 Project and RedLight Children

Somaly Mam Foundation

UN GIFT – Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking


UNA MEMBERS attend for FREE (reservation required)
Questions? Please call (212) 907-1353 or e-mail: info@unanyc.org

NON-MEMBERS : $10 at the door
Join for a $25 introductory membership and attend for free.

UNA-NY is grateful for the generosity of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, for allowing our organization the consistent booking of their state of the art screening room for our film-talk series, Screening the Issues.


Nearest subway stations to access the Tribeca Grand Hotel area:
Canal Street station: A, E, C trains
Franklin Street station: No. 1 train

Also close, but requires a little walk:
Canal Street Station station: N, Q, R, W trains

View the Tribeca Grand Hotel neighborhood map and more directions