The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence

Director: Robin Greenspun

Lives are transformed when courage conquers shame.

The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence is the story of Amy Ayoub, a prominent Nevada businesswoman who found the courage to overcome her shame about the trauma she’d kept hidden for 38 years.

A personal portrait, the film explores the emotional and physical devastation associated with sex trafficking — being a survivor, having a public vs a private persona, and finding one’s voice in unexpected ways.  In 2012, Amy learned about a bill slated to come before the state legislature: Nevada Assembly Bill 67, which would establish sex trafficking of children and adults as a crime, give victims the right to sue their traffickers, and impose harsher penalties on the traffickers.

Amy knew it was time to tell her story, whatever the consequences for her personal and professional life.  The film charts Amy’s transformational journey from a tumultuous childhood in Las Vegas to her emotionally wrenching testimony in 2013 before the Nevada State Legislature. Her voice set her free.

Released in 2019
99 minutes
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