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Add New- African American film artist Brook Bello, whose toned, slim build and close-cropped blonde hair belie her 40 years, has appeared in TV commercials and dramas, such as the science fiction program “Stargate SGI.”
She was featured in the 1995 futuristic movie “Strange Days,” starring Angela Bassett and Ralph Fiennes. She has also authored a book of poems, “To Soar without Leaving the Ground.”
Despite her achievements, Bello was desperately unhappy for many of these apparently successful years. She had a horrific youth hidden deep inside her. Often, to block it out, she numbed herself with drugs and alcohol. She fought the impulse to take her own life.
Bello had been one of the millions of women and girls in the U.S. and internationally who are abducted, duped or coerced into selling sex for their “owners'” profit.
For years she said nothing, but now she’s going as public as she can.
Bello has written, produced and directed a documentary film, “Survivor: Living Above the Noise,” in which she tells her own story as a sex trafficking victim, as do others in the film. The documentary takes the viewer to Bahrain in the Middle East, one of the global hotspots of the practice, where Bello went to recover from her experiences and learn about the impact of sex trafficking on women and girls there.
She is also partnering with the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute to expose the problem of sex trafficking in the African American community. Bello and the policy institute, founded in 2009 in Washington, D.C., are planning nationwide discussions and screenings of her film, which will be shown next month at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.