THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE

Tanya is the co-writer and an associate producer of the documentary feature, THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE, directed by Robin Greenspun (Culture Dog Films) in association with Quiet Film.

The movie tells the story of Las Vegas native, Amy Ayoub, a prominent political fundraiser and public-speaking coach. For thirty-eight years, Amy was burdened by a terrible secret: as a vulnerable seventeen year old, she had been recruited into a life of violence and exploitation.

Then, in 2012, Amy learned about Nevada Assembly Bill 67, a bill designed to fight sex trafficking.

THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE charts Amy’s transformational journey from a tumultuous childhood in Las Vegas to her emotionally wrenching testimony before the Nevada State Legislature in 2013.  With raw candor—and sometimes wry humor—Amy reckons with her past, and her 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.

Screenings

April 29, 2019; THE LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL

May 15, 2019; University of Nevada – Las Vegas

June 4, 2019; Clark County Library (Hosted by St. Jude’s Ranch for Children)

August 13, 2019; CHAIN NYC FILM FESTIVAL (Named “Best of the Fest”)

August 15, 2019; Nevada Museum of Art

September 3-7, 2019; DOCUTAH, St. George, UT

September 21, 2019; TOPAZ FILM FESTIVAL, Dallas, TX

September 25, 2019; U.S. Capital Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.

October 7, 2019; AWARENESS FILM FEST, Los Angeles, CA

October 25 – 27, 2019; FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, San Juan Island, WA

OTHER FILM PROJECTS

Tanya is currently at work on a series of short film scripts adapted from the stories in BRASS. Her first writing credit, an adaptation of her story THE DEAL—directed by Louis Frederick—won a Special Jury Prize at the U.S. National Short Film Competition in 2003.

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