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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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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!