Christian Review Magazine Issue 2 - Jan/Feb 2015 - Page 22

MOVIE REVIEW T Title: IN PLAIN SIGHT Rating: Narrated by: Natalie Grant Written by: Troy Lamberth, David Trotter here’s an old tale that goes something like this. A man is out walking one day and sees a beach covered with thousands of starfish. Further along he sees a young girl picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one back into the ocean. “Why are you doing that?,” he asks of the girl. “Because the sun is up and the tide is going out,” she says, “and if I don’t throw them back into the water they will die.” “But don’t you realize there are miles of beach and it’s covered with thousands of starfish! You can’t possibly save them all. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.” The young girl turned from him, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. Smiling she said, “It made a difference to that one.” Directed by: Noah Lamberth, David Trotter Genre: Documentary Running Time: 69 minutes Sex trafficking. We’ve all probably heard these two words. But how many of us know that sex trafficking is not just something that happens in far off places such as Thailand, Africa, and India? The cold hard fact is, it’s happening right here on our own back doorstep. MPAA Rating: Not Rated Production Company: Awaken Media Released by: Word Films Reviewed by: Christian St John Release Date: Available Now : DVD & VOD 22 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW In Plain Sight is the new documentary film from the team that brought us Mother India: Through the Eyes of the Orphan, an excellent documentary that looks at the plight of orphans living on the streets of India. This time the filmmakers take a look at something much closer to home, sex trafficking right here in North America. To say this film is heartbreaking would be an understatement. As I watched I was reminded again and again this isn’t the stuff of fiction. For far too many young girls and women sex trafficking is a reality. And life for people caught in the world of forced prostitution, porn, and worse, is a living nightmare - the movie states that over 100,000 children are being used for sex with an average age of 12-14. But as In Plain Sight shows us, there is hope, thank God! After presenting the viewer with some facts and figures, the film then follows six women who have said enough is enough. These courageous women are doing something pro-active to help young women who have been saved from terrible situations - it truly is inspiring to see what these women are doing. In Plain Sight shows us that every victim of sex trafficking has a name and a story, that they are more than a statistic, that they are someone’s daughter. Furthermore, it shows us that there are those who have forsaken their own wants and desires to offer girls and women love and a safe home, maybe for the first time in their lives This is a remarkable film that is at once heartbreaking yet incredibly hopeful. It takes the average viewer beyond their comfort zone to show them a world far removed from theirs. In Plain Sight isn’t the easiest film to watch, in fact it’s gut wrenching at times. But I am glad that the filmmakers behind this project chose to share what some are doing to make things better for the beautiful ‘starfish’ that come their way.