Eden

Eden

Starring Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary, Beau Bridges, Scott Mechlowicz, Eddie Martinez, Tantoo Cardinal Directed By Megan Griffiths Year 2012

The Story

EDEN is a new film inspired by the true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim. A young Korean-American girl, Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung), went to a bar in New Mexico where a handsome young man posing as a firefighter bought her drinks and offered her a ride home. She was abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers. During her captivity, Hyun Jae, dubbed “Eden” by her captors, ensured her survival by gaining power and influence within the organization that imprisoned her. For such a horrific story, the film is beautifully shot. The sexual acts and most of the torture is alluded to and never actually shown. This allows for the audience to focus more on Eden and her struggle instead of being distracted by gruesome imagery. EDEN is a powerful film that will stay with you even after the the credits have rolled.

Matt’s Character

Matt plays Vaughan, number 2 in command, who Eden works with to climb up in the organization. He gives a chilling performance that leaves one wondering why not more people have recognized and utilize this amazing talent.

Awards

WINS:

2012 SXSW Film Festival -- Audience Award for a Narrative Feature

2012 SXSW Film Festival -- Special Jury Recognition for Performance: Jamie Chung

2012 SXSW Film Festival -- Emergent Narrative Woman Director: Megan Griffiths

2012 Seattle International Film Festival -- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress: Jamie Chung

2012 Seattle International Film Festival -- Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award: Megan Griffiths

2012 Seattle International Film Festival -- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor (2nd Place): Matt O'Leary

2012 Seattle International Film Festival -- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film (2nd Place)

2012 Seattle International Film Festival -- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director (3rd Place): Megan Griffiths

2012 San Diego Asian Film Festival -- Audience Award: Megan Griffiths

2013 Milan International Film Festival -- Audience Award for Best Films

2013 Milan International Film Festival -- Best Director: Megan Griffiths

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