Film alumna Emily Upczak ('15) screens her feature, MOVING PARTS, at Denver film festival

This quietly gripping drama puts a fresh spin on the subject of human trafficking by introducing us to a young Chinese woman smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago.

Moving PartsAfter the death of her father, Zhenzhen hires a smuggler to take her to the Caribbean island where her brother, Wei, works in construction. Wei gets her a job at a restaurant, but when the smuggler demands more cash, the delicate beauty is forced into a compromising position. Help comes unexpectedly from Evelyn, who runs an art gallery in the neighborhood—but the contrast between the dark rooms above the restaurant and the blindingly white gallery calls everyone’s innocence into question.

This extraordinary, crowd-funded film, written and directed by Emily, included two other VCFA MFA in Film Aaumni as creative collaborators: John Otterbacher as producer and Rafael Attias as composer. All graduated in 2015.

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