An independent film from a Red Deer Screenwriter and Producer is taking the world by storm and shedding some light on human trafficking.

The world premiere of "She Has A Name" was just last week on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it's now been screened around the world and been made available for purchase through a home screening kit.

Andrew Kooman was inspired to write the story in 2008 after learning that 2 million children are forced into some facet of the sex trade every year and only 1% ever escape.

Kooman says the reality is it happens here at home, and he's blown away by the local response to his film "you know I didn't even know that until we started producing the play in Red Deer and I met trafficking survivers who had been trafficked here in Red Deer and forced to work in prostitution so it's very close to home and it's everywhere in the world and so it's a really relevant story I believe.  I'm so grateful for Central Alberta because the film was written here, produced here, funded from here and the people who saw it at the Red Deer premier were so encouraging, they loved the film and were really touched by the message."

Kooman recently returned from Ottawa where he screened "She Has A Name" on Parliament Hill.

Through every purchase of the film 20% of the proceeds goes to anti-trafficking organizations to fund freedom.

To see the trailer, learn more about the film, or rent it, visit


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