Lost in Previews SXSW Spotlight: Girl Model

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

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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