Sona was trapped and forced to work in an Indian brothel for three years. She was rescued, repatriated back to Nepal and brought to our local partner’s safe homes. For the first time in her life, she felt love and respect and began her healing process.
A decade later, Sona is a leader in the homes, teaching art and working toward her degree in social work to help girls just like her. Creating loving safe homes is Sona’s hope for Nepal.
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Trigger Warning: The Twelve Thousand contains imagery which some viewers may find distressing. Rated 14A for implied sexual violence, disturbing content and substance abuse.
Over the last two decades, Ally's established local partner in Nepal has helped over 600 children find healing and restoration through their safe homes. But with a waiting list of children who need a safe place to call home, there’s an urgent need to expand our capacity for care.
Multiple rented facilities mean our local partner faces a regular threat of eviction, growing security concerns, annual rent increases and a lack of space to restore more children. To increase our capacity to care for more brave survivors, we need permanent facilities to call our own.
a waiting list of rescued children that need a place to call home.
the heart behind the film
Behind the Scenes
There are no professional actors in the film. Instead, Nepalese Nationals directly affected by human trafficking dramatize a true story.
The Cast of The Twelve Thousand
Written and Directed by Eric Davis and Produced by Randy Watson, the film was shot over 9 long days in Kathmandu with over 150 volunteers.
Sita, our lead actor, was born into the lowest social class in Nepal. Prior to her life at the safe home, she was unable to communicate outside of her class. She volunteered to play the lead role in The Twelve Thousand out of love for the organization, and her real-life friend, Sona.
Before filming, Sona helped Sita rehearse and understand the details of her story. Sita is currently in high school, with dreams of becoming a flight attendant someday.
Film Production Team
Rosemari and Silvio Silva
Eric Davis & Stefan Berrill
Chris van Dyck
Jamie Delaine Watson
Writer & Director
Production & Costume Design
1st Assistant Director
1st Assistant Camera & Colorist
2nd Assistant Camera
Key Makeup Artist
Special Effects Supervisor
Music Supervisor & Composer
The Twelve Thousand serves two purposes: a North American campaign to build new safe homes and a trafficking prevention tool in vulnerable Nepalese communities.
Filmed in the Nepalese language, The Twelve Thousand illustrates the coercion and manipulation traffickers use to trap children in slavery.
Our team of dedicated national leaders use The Twelve Thousand film as part of their rural prevention programs.
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