New review: Eden
Ania Ostrowska // 12 August 2013
Eden, a recent film by Megan Griffiths , explores internal sex trafficking in the US. It is based on the true story of Chong Kim – a Korean American who was kidnapped and enslaved in a prostitution ring in 1994, escaping two years later.
Eden premiered at the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Special Jury Recognition for Best Actress (Jamie Chung) and the award for Emergent Narrative Female Director, Megan Griffiths. It also won other awards, including the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision and Seattle Reel NW Award at the 2012
Seattle International Film Festival.
M. Lý-Eliot reviews the film for us and gives us more insight into behind-the-scenes in her interview with the director. Asked about the difficulty of avoiding making ‘torture porn’, the issue our reviewer Charlotte Rowland raised in her review of Compliance earlier this year, Griffiths says:
“We talked at every stage of how to navigate that fine line between depicting the horrific realities of this kind of scenario, and unintentionally tipping into showing something that could be construed as titillating or overly sexualized. We were really conscious of this line throughout prep, production and post. I always wanted to make a film that didn’t shy away from the horrors, but allowed viewers to fill in some of the details on their own and not be forced to cover their eyes or be given an excuse to walk out.”