DIRECTOR: Meredith Ralston
NOTEABLE APPEARANCES: Kiefer Sutherland (narrator)
DATE OF RELEASE: 2005
KEY THEMES/ ISSUES: Child prostitution, prostitution, trafficking, childhood sexual abuseHope in Heaven, by filmmaker Meredith Ralston, examines the Philippines brutal sex trade and the young women and children it enslaves.
Seen through the eyes of two idealistic female students and a male university professor, the film captures two years of Mila’s life and the people who befriend her, the poverty and squalor she lives of Angeles City, she lives in. The documentary depicts the social hygiene clinic in Angeles where hundreds of young women and children line up daily for health checks in primitive conditions. Interviews with prostitutes, mama-sans, community workers, academics and clients expose the complexity of prostitution in two very different cultures. The documentary also shows live footage of seventeen children (some as young as ten years old) are rescued from a local brothel in Angeles and caught disturbingly on film.