(June 21, 2013) -- "Behind Closed Doors: Voices from the Inside," a documentary film created in 2011 by social work graduate students in the UTSA College of Public Policy, has been chosen by the Council on Social Work Education as one of nine official selections in its 2013 Virtual Film Festival.
Through Sept. 6, social work educators nationwide can view the film with their students as an educational resource.
"The main relevance of this documentary for social work instructors is that it provides a transformational learning experience that simply cannot be found in a classroom," said Robert Ambrosino, senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work. "The students are afforded the opportunity to gain knowledge about policy advocacy through a compelling real-life experience."
Each year, tens of thousands of underage girls in the United States are impacted in some way by the horrible reality of domestic minor sex trafficking. In late 2011, graduate students enrolled in Ambrosino' s advanced policy class decided to cast a light on what they perceived to be a too often ignored social issue.
"My advanced policy class chose to highlight the domestic trafficking of minors for their assignment because of how closely it is connected to our community," said Ambrosino. "Interstate 10, which crosses Texas, is a major conduit for human trafficking and runs right through San Antonio."
The UTSA students created a documentary to share compelling and often horrific personal stories of human trafficking victims while dispelling common myths about the subject. Over the course of 10 weeks, the students, with help from the community, took turns filming, producing and editing what ultimately became "Behind Closed Doors: Voices from the Inside," which they premiered at UTSA in August 2011.
"It was extremely difficult to hear the stories of teenage girls, some of whom have been trafficked since they were as young as eight years old, as well as those of adult survivors who have borne long-lasting emotional scars as a result of being trafficked," he said. "But, our students felt it necessary to dispel myths about domestic minor sex trafficking among members of the general community and build upon what was being talked about in the state senate at the time."
To view and discuss the nine films, participants should sign into or register for Google+, go to "Communities," search for "CSWE Film Festivals," click the film festival logo and click "Ask to Join."
Community members will be able to not only view and discuss "Behind Closed Doors: Voices from the Inside" but also complete rating sheets online. The highest rated student film, as determined by the audience rating sheets, will receive the Virtual Ovation Award and a $500 prize.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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