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Dana's Story

After the imprisonment of her father, a young girl is forced into human trafficking...her mother brokers the deal.

Based on a true story, the film is an adaptation of A.L. Smith's critically acclaimed novel "Behind Closed Doors". The film depicts the harsh realities of the sex trafficking industry.

"Smith’s voice is both sturdy and elegant, delivering blunt, edgy prose that’s never lurid...an uncompromising but profound urban tale from an incisive author"---Kirkus

Synopsis
Bernard Toussaint rescues a young girl from a ruthless Haitian pimp and breaks up a human trafficking ring in Port Au Prince. He quickly flees his home country and settles in East St Louis Illinois, an American city hampered by third world living conditions. Taking his brothers advice, Bernard sets out to make his American Dream a reality and finds himself on the wrong side of the law.
Ten years later, karma rears its ugly head and Bernard's past comes back to haunt him. Determined to even the score, the Haitian pimp exacts revenge through Bernard's wife and daughter.

  • Huey Rawls
    Director
  • A.L. Smith
    Writer
  • Huey Rawls
    Writer
  • A.L. Smith
    Producer
  • Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
    Key Cast
    What's Love Got To Do With It, X
  • Dother Sykes
    Key Cast
    Streets of Blood, The Butler
  • Joseph Adeyemo
    Key Cast
    Blacklist, Last Days of Toussaint Louverture
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 24, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Red
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Local Screening, Cast/Family/Friends
    Dallas, Texas
    January 21, 2017
Director Biography - Huey Rawls

Writer/Director Courtney "Huey" Rawls is a talented filmmaker from Mansfield, Louisiana. After years of freelance work, he graduated from KD Conservatory in Dallas, Texas with a degree in Motion Picture Production in 2016. His early passion for filmmaking was fueled by the 80’s cult classics he watched as a child with his mother.

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