Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

The New Abolitionists

Directed by Christina Zorich
Documentary Feature
USA | 98 min | 2020

Filmmaker Christina Zorich follows four NGOs throughout Southeast Asia as they fight to affect change and end human sex trafficking.

The moderated Q&A session along with filmmakers from:

The New Abolitionists - Poster

I have been on an Odyssean journey since I first became aware of the existence of human sex trafficking in 2012.

The New Abolitionists came into being, slowly. I studied, investigated, and learned from activist missionaries who were giving everything to see an end.

With this film, I set out to not only expose the causations of trafficking but to reveal practical solutions. My hope is that following these brave abolitionists and their organizations will inspire others to join the fight in whatever way they can—small or large.

The New Abolitionists - Christina ZorichPosterChristina Zorich

The New Abolitionists is beyond a “passion project” for me.

For the past 30 years, I’ve been a working professional actor, acting teacher, director and producer. I’ve taught and performed in some prestigious and respected theaters and training institutions on the East and West Coast; producing music videos, a web series and plays. However, my life changed in Hollywood at a Christmas party in 2012; I met Erica Greve of Unlikely Heroes.

At that time, I was almost completely unaware of the existence of human sex trafficking. I remember being dumbfounded as Erica shared with me the level of devastation she witnessed first hand of many of these young victims: young women and children. She was a registered nurse and knew that no medical treatment or facilities existed to restore these victims in need of substantive aftercare treatment. She had made a decision to commit her life to building, staffing, and operating homes for these young people. And, was presently in the process of raising awareness, raising funds and filling these homes with children she and others had managed to get out of this horrific criminal industry.

I gave her all my contacts of every filmmaker I knew; I wanted to help, hoping that they would shoot footage for her NGO to help fundraise. After Erica met with my contacts, she and I spoke and she said, “Christina, all the money I raise has to go to the girls.” Everyone had asked to get paid to shoot the footage. It was at this moment I realized acts of service, small and large, were required to fight this fight. This is when I first got the idea for The New Abolitionists.

A year or so later, I sold property back in New York City. I made the decision to do with my money what my heart knew must be done. I began researching and investigating human sex trafficking. I began apprenticing under a documentarian. Then I started shooting; traveling twice to Thailand and Cambodia with a ministry committed to eradicating human sex trafficking. They introduced me to other such like-minded NGO anti-trafficking groups. They, like Erica, were on the frontlines of this fight. They had dedicated their lives, despite a constant and ever present danger to their own personal welfare, to attacking human sex trafficking on every front. And, I got to see the results—the living fruits of their efforts. They were making a difference: one life at a time.

Film Information

Director: Christina Zorich
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 98 min.
Rated: PG-13


Producers: Olympia Dukakis, Christina Zorich
Editors: Landon Satterfield, Christina Zorich, Ciaran Vejby
Music Composer: André Barros
Cameramen: Christopher Barnes, Christina Zorich
Assistant Editors: Hannah McDermott, Simon Daoudi
Writers: Laura Spaeth, Andrea Valentine
Post Production Supervisor: Stefan Zorich

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