The Child Within Director: Luchia Dragosh 93 min Dramatic feature A discussion with the filmmaker follows the screening. October 3 Wednesday 8:00 PM “The Child Within” is a story about three young, pregnant women from Bulgaria, Belarus and China, who are lured to America with promises of respectable jobs and new lives. Shortly after their arrival, they find themselves stripped of their freedom and dignity. Their American dream turns into a nightmare of depraved sexual labor. Betrayed by those they trust the most, they are sucked into the belly of a monster called “sex trafficking”. Their hopes are chained and the key is thrown in the dark. Will they be strong enough to look for it or will the dark scare them off?
After centuries of slavery, genocide, massacres and relentless ostracizing the Roma, presently numbering around 15 million people worldwide, continue to suffer unprecedented levels of violence in today's world. Civilian attacks, fervent segregation, police brutality and an appalling lack of legitimate representation in art and media all conspire to marginalize the Roma. We at the New York Gypsy Film Festival hope to counteract these forces by exposing the public to the art, music, history, culture and above all humanity of the beautiful Roma people.