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W&L Alumna's Film Chosen for Festival

As a graduate student in the Columbia University Journalism School in 2009, Jessica Hopper, a 2008 Washington and Lee graduate, joined forces with Columbia classmate Pracheta Sharma to form a film company called Brown Girls Production. Now, they are celebrating their first film’s selection for screening at this year’s Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF). “Behind Closed Doors” is a documentary about labor trafficking of South Asian women as domestic workers in the United States. The filmmakers received a $1,000 grant from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences towards the film’s produciton. “Behind Closed Doors” is one of 80 films selected to be shown between March 26 and April 2 at the festival in Miami, Fla.You can see a trailer of the film here on the production company’s Web site. Jessica was the recipient in 2009 of the Charles Gibson Fellowship at ABC News and currently works as a Desk Assistant for ABC Weekend News. She has also interned at both the Tampa Tribune and Miami Herald.

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