June 2 on FM: Modern Slavery / Films / Communist Revolution / Jerusalem

Hosted by Ariana Manov and Celina Alvarez

There are 27 million slaves in the world today –and the slave trade is thriving right here in Los Angeles. We’ll explore this horrifying reality and plant some “SEEDS OF RENEWAL” with Executive Director Kay Buck describing how the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is changing the lives of modern day survivors.

Executive Producer and Women’s Studies PhD Candidate Jennifer Musto introduces her documentary film Collected Recollections of Human Trafficking. The piece was co-produced and directed by Ben Mears.

Actress Saschandra Grandoit performs a compelling monologue.

Agi Orsi brings us her film Lost Angels featuring idiosyncratic inhabitants of Skid Row telling their own truths.

Radical activist Sunsara Taylor calls for Total Revolution, declaring that “From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Can, and Must, Change!”. And tells us how she believes it will take a total communist revolution to liberate women, unabashedly recruiting us to join the movement. She’s a writer for Revolution newspaper, a host of WBAI’s Equal Time for Free Thought, and sits on the advisory Board of The World Can’t Wait.

And multi-award winning playwright Wendy Graf takes us on a mysterious dramatic journey Behind the Gates to Jerusalem, asking questions about orthodoxy, be it Muslim, Catholic, Evangelical or Jewish. The play has generated a lot of controversy as it follows a troubled U.S. teenager trying to fill her terrible longing for acceptance and identity as she travels to Israel and becomes completely absorbed in the world of the haredim, changing her name, adopting a new identity and ultimately disappearing. For her, and her horrified parents, it becomes a spiritual and cultural odyssey of self-discovery.

(left: Collected Recollections of Human Trafficking; middle: actress Saschandra Grandoit; right: activist Sunsara Taylor) 0602101

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