... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Shedding Light on the Darkness of the Long Night….

The past Tuesday evening, twenty-five friends and I gathered in a cozy Clyde Hill home, imbibing great wines and scrumptious bites catered from the Brief Encounter. As I caught up with friends, we chatted up as I call our not “3rd World problems”. We still lamented the Seahawk’s loss, complained about the inclement weather, and the fact that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Wasn’t it just Christmas?

I glanced at my 13, as she duly notes, almost 14 year old daughter. Taryn is headstrong, opinionated, and has yet to get the memo that my countdown to menopause trumps her puberty. We argue as mothers and daughters do, however, she knows, she is my heart and I will fiercely protect her to my dying day. She is the only adolescent in the room and I’m proud of how she engages and interacts with my peers. Clad in her dorky Bierkenstocks- she insisted on having for Christmas, her Brandy Melville T-shirt and long platted braids, when she smiles, her mouth full of metal braces, she warms my heart. I can’t even fathom for a single moment that my daughter or any precious child for that matter would endure what we were about to see. I struggled on whether to let her attend, however, Taryn as she is prone to do, convinced me she had the maturity, intellectual curiosity, and wherewithal to handle it. We have always had a very open and honest relationship, so I agreed, knowing that the film we were about to watch, unfortunately is a part of our harsh reality.

So today, my friends, as a mother, daughter, female, friend and child advocate, I plead with you to take 70 minutes and watch The Long Night. We need your support in producer, Tim Matsui’s efforts to help this go viral and cease stealing our children’s youth.

It’s 2010. Tom and Nacole’s daughter is missing. She’s run away from the home they built for her. Within 48 hours she’ll be forced into a life of prostitution. It’s 2007. Lisa is 13 years old and on the streets. She needs to find a way to survive. She’ll spend the next six years trying to cope with that decision. It’s 2005. Andy is arresting a girl for the second time. Frustrated, he asks her “Why?” The answer will change his life.

Set in Seattle Washington, The Long Night, a feature film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm, gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.

The Long Night is not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of what it has been like for Natalie and Lisa to survive in the life; for Tom and Nacole to watch their daughter slip out of their hands; for Andy and his fellow police officers, Brian and Joel, to try and create a more just system.

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