Girl Model is a documentary by filmmakers David Redmon & Ashley Sabin about the export of young models from Siberian villages to be placed on display in Tokyo. The film shows the moral line that “talent scouts” walk while transferring these girls to a new world. Check out the eerie trailer for the documentary Girl Model and tell us what you think in the comments below. If you’re attending the SXSW Film Festival click here to add Girl Model to your schedule.
Synopsis: Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. “Girl Model” follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound.
By Ryan Davis