“In Plain Sight’ — Filmmaker Erica Jordan follows renowned photographer Lisa Kristine on an unforgettable journey into the frontlines of modern day slavery, witnessing intimate moments of human connection and devastation. Central to the story is Lisa’s pursuit to document Sonagachi, the largest brothel in India. As Lisa struggles to gain access, we witness her dedication and courage to shine a light a light on slavery and ‘give a voice to the voiceless.’ Woven into the story, Lisa shares her work in the trenches of global slavery from the broiling brick kilns of Nepal and India to the illegal mine shafts of Ghana, and the hidden lairs of sex slavery worldwide. Through this experience, Erica confronts her own fears and together they bear witness to the indomitable human spirit. (feature length documentary – to be released 2014) by Erica Jordan.
“Painted Nails” is a character-driven documentary about, Van Hoang, a soft-spoken Vietnamese immigrant woman who worked seven-days-a-week in her San Francisco nail salon, only to learn that the chemicals she has been exposed to are causing serious health problems, including multiple miscarriages. The film provides a personal inquiry into Van’s transformation from a reserved woman struggling to better her family’s existence, into a champion for the Safe Cosmetics Act, as she testifies before a U.S. Congressional committee. Shot over the course of one-year, the film draws us in with delicate intimacy, portraying her life, the birth of her second child and her inspiring courage as she realizes she has a unique opportunity to make positive change for workers and consumers in America. (feature documentary – now in post-production) by Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin • digallmedia.com • translation and guidance by Nhung Pham