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Carissa

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Last year, Carissa Phelps graduated with both a law degree and an MBA from UCLA. But when she was 12, she was homeless and forced into prostitution in Fresno. This documentary short takes us on Carissa's inspirational journey.

"Carissa" has won jury prizes at seven film festivals and was featured in USA Today and on Good Morning America. The film is also Executive Produced by Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth" and Jamie McCourt, Owner and President of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and sponsored by Virgin Mobile and the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation.

The DVD comes with over 30 minutes of special features, including interviews with key figures from Carissa's life, deleted scenes and director's commentary.

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  • Directors: David Sauvage
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: CreateSpace
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N0LEOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carissa" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Lamb on August 16, 2010
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I work at a juvenile detention facility. This is a short film, about twenty minutes, which tells this young woman's story about her conscription into forced prostitution.
Every adult and teen needs to understand that most prostitutes aren't just sluts who like the work. Many are good girls who get entrapped at a very young age, and who are beaten and kept hungry until they are disposed of, often to provide an example for other working children.
This woman describes her journey in a film short enough to hold the attention of at-risk girls like she once was. We've shown it many times in our institution, in part, because the girl ends up graduating from college, in spite of her trials. Carissa is a winner!
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So surprised that every reviewer didn't love this. It's not intended to be an all-inclusive look at sex trafficking-- but it's a great short (~22 min) personal story, of Carissa, who looks like the girl-next-door, and her journey as a teenager to survey, by working as a prostitute. It is a powerful and insightful story about how girls end up working in the sex trade, and how Carissa escaped, and is now working as an advocate for this population.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Olsen on January 2, 2013
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Very Real... Such a moving documentary, especially after reading Carissa's Book - Runaway Girl. The film was short but to the point. Highly Recommend both the movie and the book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AKD on August 24, 2013
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I bought this DVD after reading the book and adopting it for a course on women and crime. However, it is only minimally enriching. There was so much room to comment on so much more. Missed opportunity.
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