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BOUND - Human Trafficking Awareness Film

BOUND takes viewers inside a prison with no cells, where the destinies of those sentenced to servitude are bought and sold, and their jailers bear the names Addiction, Abuse, and Manipulation. This fictionalized retelling of a true story plays out through the eyes of one young victim as she tries to break free of the drug addiction and brainwashing that’s been forced upon her and boldly sprints down a path that will either lead to freedom or a greater torment than she has ever known.
Melissa Hanna, a newcomer to the screen but veteran of the South Carolina stage, leads the deep roster of talented actors from throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. Hanna brings amazing emotional depth to the title character, Anna Calloway, a young woman in her late teens who gets swept into the world of human sex trafficking. Merritt Vann, whose lengthy resume includes appearances in Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Sleepy Hollow, Royal Pains, and Banshee, delivers a spine-chilling performance as Victor, the brutal, sly, and persuasive leader of the sex trafficking ring.
The supporting cast includes powerful performances from Lindley Mayer (Glee, Dirty Dancing, Bastard out of Carolina), Chantey Colet, John Oliver, and Camila Escobar (performed with William Baldwin in the 2016 film Chronology).
Writer/director Daljit Kalsi crafts an unflinching, unblinking glimpse into this dark world, which is captured masterfully through the lens of cinematographer Collins Abbott White, and assembled by editor Porter Blackman, and is all set to a chilling score composed by Neil Lee Griffin of the band Antler Hill.
Kalsi warns the film will take viewers to a dark place, and hopefully leave them with a new interest in learning more about a growing crime and ways to prevent it.
“The story is based heavily on a real account from a friend in law enforcement who was involved in a DEA investigation into human trafficking,” Kalsi said. “The story hit me like a ton of bricks and really made me start reading about human trafficking and its prevalence. I was shocked, and that’s exactly how I hope audiences feel when the credits of this film roll – shocked, with a pit in their stomachs, and asking themselves ‘could something like this be happening in my neighborhood?’”
“It’s highly disturbing material to watch and present, but if by making it we can help just one person avoid or get out of a similar situation, then it’s all worth it,” added White.
The film concludes with a public service announcement from the cast members and human trafficking investigator Shannon Piller with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, along with information and statistics from the Department of Homeland Security.
“We definitely want to touch nerves and deal a heavy emotional blow, but we hope people will also walk away wanting to make a difference and help fight this crime,” added Vann, who is also co-producing the film with Kalsi.
“We have a terrifying true-life horror story, an incredibly talented cast and crew from all across the US, and tie it all together with real stats and warnings from law enforcement,” Kalsi stated. “We really feel that this film is going to impact people.”
The film was funded in part with a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

  • Daljit Kalsi
    Curtain Call
  • Daljit Kalsi
  • Daljit Kalsi
  • Merritt Vann
  • Melissa Hanna
    Key Cast
  • Merritt Vann
    Key Cast
  • Lindley Mayer
    Key Cast
  • Chantey Colet
    Key Cast
  • John Oliver
    Key Cast
  • Camila Escobar
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama, Crime, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Tryon International Film Festival
    Tryon, NC
    United States
    October 28, 2017
    Winner: Best Overall Film
  • Reedy Reels Film Festival
    Greenville, SC
    United States
    November 4, 2017
Director Biography - Daljit Kalsi

Daljit Kalsi is a Greenville, SC native. He works as a digital media producer at WHNS-TV, the FOX affiliate in Greenville. In his spare time, Kalsi hobbies as a filmmaker.

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