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Overview

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.

Synopsis

Girl Model follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modelling industry. The story is told through the eyes of a scout and a 13 year-old model.

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. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.

Reviews (15)

  • " A doc that manages to balance guileless objectivity with a very determined point of view" – Variety
  • "David Redmonand Ashley Sabin’s engrossing documentary provides access to a pitiless niche of the fashion industry" – The Hollywood Reporter
  • "The particularly startling aspect of this sharp non-fiction exposé from documentarians David Redmon and Ashley Sabin is the eerie, visceral horror the haunts every scene" – IndieWire
  • "An exposé of the meat market realities of the modern flesh trade" – The Guardian
  • "Essential, revelatory viewing." – Little White Lies
  • "Saddening and smart." – Time Out
  • "Redmond and Sabin chronicle an industry without commentary calling the overt sexualization of minors exploitation" – The Film Stage
  • " A stirring portrait of the journey undertaken by one thirteen-year-old" – Fan Quarterly
  • "Girl Model is an absolutely intriguing film to watch" – One Bit World
  • "David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s Girl Model makes clear the similar stoicism required of a beautiful woman from a poor family" – Filmmaker Magazine
  • "David Redmon and Ashley Sabin bring us an insightful look at the inner-working of a part of the modeling industry." – TripleW
  • "Essential viewing for any teenage girl in any country." – MovieManDan
  • "A well made and non-sensational documentary." – Screenjabber
  • "A fascinating and disturbing snapshot of the troubling trade in female flesh and the satiation of male fantasy in the 21st Century" – The Fourth Wall
  • "A jaw-lockingly sinister look at the side of modelling" – Best For Film

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