Megan Griffiths

trailer eden

SXSW 2013 is mere weeks away, so it makes sense that we’re getting our first trailer for a film that premiered to great acclaim at last year’s festival winning the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Better late than never I suppose. Eden is a true story about human sex trafficking and stars Jamie Chung in the title role as a Korean-American teenager abducted in the mid-’90s and held prisoner for two years. Along with several other girls she’s forced into work as a sex slave in clubs, motels and even fraternity houses. As the hardships, torture and degradation mount she realizes that her survival may very well depend on her level of cooperation with her captors, and a decision is made that she can never fully return from. This is writer/director Megan Griffiths‘ third feature film and co-stars Beau “No, The Other One” Bridges and Matt O’Leary. Check out the trailer below…unless you don’t want to be spoiled by the film’s sole (and to be fair, fairly predictable) twist.

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Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) is an eighteen year old Korean-American girl who works at her parents’ store during the day and occasionally sneaks off for fun with friends at night. Her latest nocturnal jaunt sees her in a bar with a fake ID, a belly full of booze and the attention of a kind-looking off-duty fireman. She accepts a ride from him but quickly discovers her trust was poorly placed. She’s kidnapped, driven a good distance away to an undisclosed location and forced to work alongside other young women as sexual entertainment for bastards with a bankroll. This becomes her new life, and as the weeks, months and years pass she discovers a part of her willing to do just about anything to survive. More than that, she discovers that she’s willing to sacrifice others if it means her life will be made that much easier. It’s a harsh reality to face, that you’d hurt others to save yourself, and in a fictional story it makes for a fascinating character flaw. But in a true story? It’s potentially devastating.

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