"A powerful film destined to create change. Amy's testimony is one that will capture your heart and inspire hope where ever you are in your own walk of life. A film that tells the personal story of one, and bravely stands for many."
- Chain NYC Film Festival
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 thirty-eight years. A personal portrait, the film explores the emotional and physical devastation associated with sex trafficking; being a survivor; public vs private personas; and finding one’s voice in unexpected ways.
As a prominent public speaking coach and former political fundraiser, Amy was burdened with a terrible secret: as a vulnerable seventeen year old, she had been lured into a life of violence and exploitation. When she finally managed to reclaim her independence, she built a new—and very public—life. She became a pillar of the Las Vegas community. She had political clout and powerful friends and allies. But despite her success, she still struggled mightily with her guilt and shame over being trafficked decades before. She believed it had somehow been her fault. And she was terrified of being exposed.
Then in 2012, she learned about a bill slated to come before the state legislature: Nevada Assembly Bill 67. AB-67 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 for her to tell her story, whatever the consequences for her personal and professional life.
THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE charts Amy’s transformational journey from a tumultuous childhood in Las Vegas to her emotionally wrenching testimony in 2013 before the Nevada State Legislature.
With raw candor—and sometimes, wry humor—Amy reckons with her past, and the legacy of shame, trauma, secrecy, and loss. Along the way, we meet the people whose lives Amy has touched: her family members; her friends; business, political and legislative associates; and fellow trafficking survivors who have found a devoted mentor and advocate.
A remarkable woman, Amy risked everything to speak out publicly and in the process, set herself free.
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Awareness Film Festival
LA Live Regal Cinemas
1000 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.
Friday Harbor Film Festival
10 First Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Monday, April 29, 2019
The Las Vegas Film Festival
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Student Union Theater ~ University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Clark County Main Theater ~ Clark County Library
Hosted by St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Nevada Museum of Art
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Chain NYC Film Festival -
Named Best of the Fest
September 3-7, 2019
St. George, UT
Tuesday, September 3 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 5 - 11:10 a.m.
September 21, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. (time subject to change)
Topaz Film Festival
University of Texas at Dallas - A&H Performance Hall
Transforming Lives: Survivors of Human Trafficking Speak Out
Hosted by U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen and U.S Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Sponsored by McCarran International Airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, McCain Institute
American Hotel and Lodging Association, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International,
Nevada Resort Association, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center - Orientation Theater South (CVC 241)