She Has A Name

Official Trailer

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An Unveil Studios Film

Shedding Light on the Global Sex Trade

International Cast and Crew Expose Worldwide Sex Trafficking

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Human Trafficking’s Devastating Effects

"A riveting, fast-paced political thriller."

-Eric Volmers

Calgary Herald

She Has A Name is a hugely important film for this year, bringing home the realities of a global issue that must be tackled. I encourage everyone to [watch] it and help to fund freedom."  

-Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York

She Has A Name "is a film of depth and detail, honestly portraying how countless people lose life and liberty to ruthless criminals."

-Kevin Hyland, OBE

United Kingdom's First Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

She Has A Name "offers a unique and timely perspective into the realities of this crisis"

-Canon Andrew White

'Vicar of Baghdad'

"She Has A Name is an excellent film that draws the viewer into the world of human trafficking and makes it real. After viewing it I found myself both troubled by what I had just seen and determined that I needed to do more to fight this crime."

-Glenn Waterman

IJM Canada, Vice-President of Development and Marketing

“Human trafficking is a heinous crime that robs its victims, often young women and girls, of their most basic human rights. It is important that Canadian films such as She Has A Name are able to draw international attention to this disturbing business.”

-Gordon Campbell

Former High Commissioner to the UK

"I commend the production team and crew of the film She Has A Name for drawing attention to the plight of the victims of human trafficking networks. Countless innocent lives are destroyed by this illicit, immoral trade - that such crime could flourish in the 21st century is unacceptable. She Has A Name supports Government of Canada and partner efforts to stem this crime,  which preys on the most vulnerable in society. I trust that the film will enjoy the broadest distribution and that it will stimulate further concerted action against human trafficking."

-Phil Calvert

Former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao

"A cinematic triump!"

-Mark Weber

Red Deer Express

"She Has A Name not only exposes the culture of complicity that allows human trafficking to continue, the film compels us toward private and public action; We are all duty bound to insist that the voices of victims replace their bound silence and that justice triumphs over injustice for them.

She Has A Name marks the beginning of our national movement to abolish the modern-day slave trade once and for all; We are proud of our local producers, cast and crew for elevating our awareness of this important issue."

-Mayor Tara Veer

City of Red Deer, 2016

The Cast

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Giovanni Mocibob

as Jason

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Giovanni Mocibob

as Jason

Vancouver-based Giovanni Mocibob is an actor known for his “straight-from-the-guts” acting style, and his intense physical and mental commitment to his roles. With his unconventional good looks and natural charm he often plays the “good guy” who’s lack of pretense embodies an ideal of innocence and courage of spirit. An interesting mix of sensitive and introspective while maintaining his strength and masculinity. A multitalented artist, Giovanni works in film, television and theatre.

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Teresa Ting

as Number 18

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Teresa Ting

as Number 18

A native New Yorker, Teresa Ting is a multi-faceted actress born and raised in Queens where she grew up bilingual, speaking fluent Mandarin Chinese. She graduated from NYU with a BA in psychology, and then dove straight into acting. Her eclectic background and training (martial arts, languages, figure skating) prove her as a unique talent.

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Will Yun Lee

as Akkarat

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Will Yun Lee

as Akkarat

Will Yun Lee’s film work includes 20th Century Fox/Marvel’s The Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman and MGM’s Red Dawn, opposite Chris Hemsworth. Will Yun Lee was also recently seen in Spy, San Andreas and the new Total Recall.

Will is also known for dynamic roles on TV including CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and Intelligence. He entered the gaming world when he voiced the sleeper hit Sleeping Dogs for Square Enix, which earned him MTV and G4 nominations in the Best Voice Actor category.

Will has also been featured in People Magazine’s 50 MOST BEAUTIFUL and 25 SEXIEST MEN ALIVE Issues.

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Eugenia Yuan

as Mamma

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Eugenia Yuan

as Mamma

A Hong Kong Oscar winner and daughter of martial arts legend ‘Pei-pei Cheng’, Eugenia Yuan started outher career not as an actress, but as a champion rhythmic gymnast for the U.S. Olympic Team. Nominated for Hong Kong’s prestigious Golden Horse Award for her starring role in The Eye 2, she made memorable turns in John Dahl‘s The Great Raid and the Oscarwinning Memoirs of a Geisha. Eugenia has starred in the Martin Scorsese feature at the Toronto Film Festival,Revenge of the Green Dragons and in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sword of Destiny.

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Gil Bellows

as Alex

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Gil Bellows

as Alex

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Gil Bellows is an actor and producer, known for The Shawshank Redemption, House at the End of the Street and Unthinkable. He also played opposite Calista Flockhart in the mega-hit TV series Ally McBeal.

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Deborah Fennelly

as Marta

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Deborah Fennelly

as Marta

Appearing most recently as Marta Barrington in Unveil Studios’ film, She Has a Name and as Yvonne in the new Amazon Prime T.V. Series RED OAKS, David Gordon Green director, Steven Soderbergh, producer, with Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey and Richard Kind, Deborah Fennelly’s resume also includes opera and musical theater and she lends her voice as narrator to audio book biographies of Hollywood legends Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Greta Garbo.

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Vanessa Toh

as Mae

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Vanessa Toh

as Mae

Vanessa graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore with a first-class BA (Hons) Acting degree in 2015. Whilst at LASALLE, Vanessa appeared in Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room, Liao Yimei’s Rhinoceros in Love, Botho Strauss’s Seven Doors and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the Dreamtime. Since graduating from LASALLE, Vanessa has also been involved in television work with Mediacorp in Singapore, including Rojak, Incredible Tales and Crimewatch.

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Charlie Ruedpokanon

as Victor

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Charlie Ruedpokanon

as Victor

Born and raised in NYC, and currently based in Bangkok Thailand, Charlie Ruedpokanon is an up-andcoming actor best known for his work on films such as Only God Forgives, Ninja 2 – Shadow of a Tear, and The Man with the Iron Fists 2. He is fluent in English, Thai, and Mandarin and can currently be seen in the Thai TV drama – The Reincarnation. Along with acting he is an established stunt performer and is co-founder of The Action Guys stunt team. Charlie is also one of the main, featured stories in the Tiger Beer – Uncage campaign which focuses on his life and work in the film industry.

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Holly Pillsbury

as Ali

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Holly Pillsbury

as Ali

Holly is a stage and film actor based in Vancouver, BC. Some selected stage work includes Krista Marushy’s Cultivation (K), Anne of Green Gables(Diana Barry), Pride and Prejudice (Charlotte) and the original work Fat Mama Network, which she co-created. Her work on multiple independent film projects inspired her to start and create her own original work within the medium. Welcome to Tulip, a 30-minute comedic series, made it to the top 15 finalists for CBC ComedyCoup. Currently, Holly is producing, directing, acting and writing for episodes of the original web series My True Story alongside other local actors and creatives, including Giovanni Mocibob.

The Creative Team

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Matthew Kooman

Director, Producer, Editor

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Matthew Kooman

Director, Producer, Editor

She Has A Name is Matthew Kooman’s second feature film at the director’s helm. Passionate about the art of telling a good story, from original concept to the screen, Matt’s journey as a filmmaker has taken him inside straw huts in rural Kenya, to squatter pipe-villages in Hyderabad, India while directing and producing his first feature film, E for Everyone. As editor of The Ladder of My Life Matt told the true story of a child soldier from Sudan who against all odds, after 20 years, returned to help rebuild his country. A co-founder of Unveil Studios Matt continues to pursue remarkable stories and well crafted film.

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Daniel Kooman

Director, Producer, Editor

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Daniel Kooman

Director, Producer, Editor

As a cinematographer and director,

Daniel Kooman has traveled to more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America to document stories. Daniel has worked as both director and editor on The Story, A Filmmaker’s Search for Revival and the documentary Africa Sing Me Your Song. The Story was his feature film directorial debut. Driven to tell stories that challenge and inspire, he is a cofounder of Unveil Studios. She Has A Name is his second feature film.

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Andrew Kooman

Writer, Producer

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Andrew Kooman

Writer, Producer

Andrew Kooman writes for the page, stage and screen. He is the author of the critically acclaimed stage plays She Has A Name which toured Canada in 2012, and We Are the Body, which was nominated for three Calgary Theatre Critics Awards in 2015 including Best New Script. His stage plays have been produced across North America and his short stories have been published around the world and translated into more than 10 languages. She Has A Name is his feature screenwriting debut. He is a co-founder of Unveil Studios.

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Bob Nguyen

Director of Photography

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Bob Nguyen

Director of Photography

Bob Nguyen is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles, USA and Melbourne, Australia. He was trained to only shoot narrative film. Bob Nguyen has photographed over 30 narrative projects which are captured on 35 and 16mm film. He is one of the few cinematographers of his generation versed and loyal to the original medium of motion picture.

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Shari Aspinall

Producer, Production Designer

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Shari Aspinall

Producer, Production Designer

Shari is an artist and entrepreneur who thrives in the creative process. She possesses a unique, catalytic leadership style that ignites team members and ideas. Her design and business expertise provide both perspective and ingenuity. She is a passionate change agent with a love for music, the arts and innovation. Shari is one of the founding partners of SHANFilm Inc. and held the positions of costume and production designer for She Has A Name. Shari is the co-founder of an annual private arts scholarship and is currently an independent producer and consultant.

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Donna Abraham

Producer, Production Designer

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Donna Abraham

Producer, Production Designer

Donna Abraham is a London, UK based film producer with a background in marketing, client relations and PR. A qualified interior designer, she graduated from KLC School of Design in London. Donna is passionate about ensuring that women have a voice in the arts. As a producer and production designer on She Has A Name, she worked to bring the reality of sex trafficking to life in a manner that captivates the viewer and challenges the senses. Active in a variety of philanthropic ventures, Donna’s charitable work includes providing employment for women rescued from violence. Her strong belief is that women first need to be free and then empowered to blossom.

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Lance Kadatz

Executive Producer

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Lance Kadatz

Executive Producer

Lance Kadatz is a proven, successful CFO. He co-founded Rifco National Auto Finance in 2002 which has lent over $600 million in loans to date. He is currently VP & CFO and director of Rifco Inc. a public company on the TSX Venture exchange. Rifco has been one of Canada’s fastest growing Companies since inception and has grown from 2 employees to over 80. In July 2015, the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine ranked Rifco Inc 393rd in Canada by net profit and 12th for the largest Return on Equity at 44%. Lance was a finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for Western Canada in 2010.

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Dean Kohut

Executive Producer

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Dean Kohut

Executive Producer

Dean Kohut built Hi-way 9 Express Ltd into a successful family business alongside his parents and siblings. What began as a small enterprise for his father, with one man and one truck, developed into a service-focused powerhouse in the region. A champion of family and hard work, Dean continues to support successful business ventures and is committed to mentoring entrepreneurs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What real events of human sex trafficking inspired the story?

In April of 2008, an abandoned storage container was found in Thailand containing workers from Burma. 54 of them were dead. This real-life event served as inspiration for part of the backstory for She Has A Name. Although it’s not always reported or captured in news headlines around the world, thousands of women, children, and men are trafficked across borders every year for the purposes of sex slavery.

How common is the trafficking of children in sex slavery?

She Has A Name brings awareness to the global sex trade industry — the United Nations reports that 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade industry every year. Of this number, only 1% are ever rescued.

Research indicates that approximately 10 million children worldwide are forced into some part of the sex industry, and that at least 1 million children, mostly girls, become prostitutes. Many live in inhumane conditions, and are kept subservient through psychological and physical violence. The UN reports that human trafficking is truly a global issue — victims from at least 153 countries were detected in 124 countries worldwide. More than 36% of global human trafficking victims are children.

SOURCES:

[1] “Child Trafficking and Prostitution,” Global Fund for Children. Available: www.globalfundforchildren.org
[2] see Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2014. Available at www.unodc.org

Where did you shoot the film?

Principal photography for the film took place in November and December of 2015 in various locations throughout Thailand. Post-production was completed in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada at SHAN Film Inc’s production house The Space.

Is the film true to life of real sex trafficking instances?

Although She Has A Name is a fictional account of an investigation, as filmmakers, we wanted to portray an authentic world. During filming, the producing team for She Has A Name worked closely with agencies that help survivors of human trafficking and work with law enforcement to investigate these crimes. This helped ensure that our portrayals of organized crime, the challenges investigators face, and the process of aftercare — when victims are rescued and receive professional care and services — were authentic.
The locations of the film were also set in gritty reality. The set of The Pearl, where Number 18 is forced to work, was a go-go bar that has been investigated in the past as a location where underage girls were trafficked for the sex trade. The jail cell featured in the film is also a place where young victims of trafficking have been held by police in the past.

When did you launch the film project?

As fate would have it, the legal entity for She Has A Name the film was incorporated during the signing in November 2014 of a global pledge by a multi-faith community to “End Human Slavery by 2020.” After years of planning, the film adaptation of She Has A Name started to find its wings. This timing was relevant given the global commitment to end human trafficking and sex slavery.

What’s the history of the stage play?

The film She Has A Name is an adaptation of Writer and Producer Andrew Kooman’s critically acclaimed stage play of the same name. The play had its World Premiere in Calgary, Alberta, and received continuous critical praise on its 2012 Canadian tour. The play continues to be produced in Canada and the United States, and is currently being translated into Spanish. She Has A Name the play is slated for an off-Broadway production in 2017.

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