“Chelo’s dedication to the production of her film, ‘Sands of Silence’ is exemplary” said Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions. “This film will change lives, open conversations and raise the consciousness on many hidden issues. We are honored to support Chelo in getting this film made”.
In "Sands of Silence", Chelo records a 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sex trafficking from Asia to the Americas back to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began.
NALIP has been a major supporter of Sands of Silence feature-length documentary since it was incubated at the 2008 Latino Producers Academy where I participated with NALIP member editor Maria Zeiss. The film also participated in the Latino Media Markets of 2009, 2011 and 2013, and was workshopped at the 2013 Latino Producers Academy where I participated with NALIP member editor Marla Ulloa. The connections I made with mentors at the 2008 LPA (Kate Amend) and 2013 LPA (Jean-Philippe Boucicaut) still echo today, as they both ended up being part of the film’s great four-editor team.