BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober

Very Young Girls

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Very Young Girls
USA / 2007 / 83 min
DIRECTOR:
David Schisgall
A shocking documentary about US girls who sell sex, and who are persecuted, rather than helped

The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the United States is thirteen. This uncompromising but strikingly warmhearted documentary gives a powerful voice to the voiceless: The women who have been tricked, seduced or neglected into selling themselves for sex from a young age. Hope springs in the fiery form of campaigner Rachel Lloyd, whose organisation GEMS offers support to the abused.

David Schisgall

David Schisgall studied philosophy at Harvard University. He worked for director Errol Morris before becoming an associate producer for ABC News. He made his feature documentary debut with THE LIFESTYLE (1999) before directing the award-winning television documentaries TRUE LIFE: I LIVE IN THE TERROR ZONE (2003) and TRUE LIFE: I’M IN IRAQ (2004). VERY YOUNG GIRLS (2007) is his second feature.