Lucy Liu’s Directorial Debut on Human Trafficking

The New York Times

By: Lucy Liu

I traveled to Mumbai in 2010 to direct my first film “MEENA,”based on the first chapter of Nick and Sheryl’s book Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Even though MEENA is only a 20 minute film and took 5 days to shoot, it has taken nearly four years for it to finally be seen by an audience. The earlier feedback we received was that the content was too strong and that viewers would feel uncomfortable with the aggressive nature of violence in conjunction with children. The premiere of Meena this week was truly transformative. I felt excited and reinvigorated to be surrounded by an audience who were not only engaged by the film’s message, but also curious about how they can become more actively involved in learning about child protection…continue reading.