THE FILM

After winning the Inaugural Women's Initiative Photography Grant from the Alexia Foundation, Tim Matsui set out to document grassroots efforts to address domestic minor sex trafficking in the Seattle area. As he worked, the story grew and access deepened, allowing him to create more than a photo story.

The Long Night is a feature documentary film produced in partnership with MediaStorm. It gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.

The Long Night is not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of what it has been like for Natalie and Lisa to survive in the life; for Tom and Nacole to watch their daughter slip out of their hands; for Andy and his fellow police officers, Brian and Joel, to try and create a more just system.

The Long Night is testimony to the lives of those who have lived this crisis.