Life Is Love The Movie

Heroes lead with their heart. Experience an empowering journey with the inspirational Somaly Mam and some amazing young heroes.


Heroes lead with their heart. Cinequest Mavericks Studio brings you LIFE IS LOVE, the provocative film about a group of inspirational young women who have triumphed over severe adversity and their highly controversial leader. Arguably, the world's most renowned and controversial leader in the movement to free and transform girls from the ravages of human trafficking, Somaly Mam, a survivor and empowered inspiration, signs her books: "Life Is Love." TIME MAGAZINE recognized Somaly Mam as one of the 100 most influential women in the world today. Recently her story has come under media attack. Filmed prior to these recent allegations from renowned journalists, LIFE IS LOVE presents her story and those of the young women who idolize her, raw and in their voice. Much of the film shocks, much inspires and ultimately LIFE IS LOVE is an exploration of the best of humankind as well as the worst: from lies and brutality to compassion and love.

The backdrop? Cambodia: the alluring land and people that hold the reputations of being both the Pearl of Asia as well as the place of the Khmer Rouge outrages. LIFE IS LOVE stirs your senses and emotions, captivates your mind, and ultimately challenges your spirit to transform the light and darkness of humanity.

Halfdan Hussey, Director & Producer | Full Biography

"Strength comes from the people involved and how great their passion and skills are. The leaders of Cinequest have both of those. That's why it's been with us for some time and will still be here long into the future." - Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder, Apple Inc).

Halfdan (hallf' dun) is the writer of the novel To The Dogs and the youth empowerment book 7 Powers Of Creating. He is the director of the feature films Life Is Love and Still Waters Burn. He also co-founded and directs Cinequest, a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with innovation to empower.

"I really like Still Waters Burn. Its young director shows brilliant promise and talent." - Robert Wise (Four-time Academy Award Winner)

Kathleen J. Powell, Director & Producer | Full Biography

As Cinequest’s co-founder and president Kathleen has combined her unique background in engineering and art to successfully empower artists and innovators worldwide. Kathleen has produced successful independent films, overseen the growth and impact of the Cinequest Film Festival and driven Picture The Possibilities global youth empowerment movement.

Kathleen was named one of the top 25 people who dramatically changed the Silicon Valley over the past 25 years by Metro Newspapers.

Kathleen was selected to join the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship, where prominent American business women are paired with Fellows to empower and equip these women to become effective leaders.

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You can help the LIFE IS LOVE project in many ways from donating your money to donating your time. Help us reach a larger audience by getting the word out on social media (Facebook, Twitter), and tell your friends and family about LIFE IS LOVE.

Recent Twitter Support:

• Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's DNA Foundation
• Deepak Chopra


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Director, Halfdan Hussey (bio)
Producer, Kathleen Powell (bio)
Line Producer, Marcela Villegas-Castanon
Somaly Mam & Voices for Change Girls


Kathleen J. Powell

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“We must do something, no matter how small it is, to help these young women, victims of human trafficking and raise awareness for leaders to take action against these horrific crimes.” - Yen-Chi H. Nguyen

“This will be a life changing movie so please donate.” - Frank Harper

“Dedicated to Somaly Mam and all women subjected to the evils of human trafficking and hoping that Life is Love and Somaly's work will erase this evil.” - Avril Calderwood

“In honor of Jim Boyce -We Miss You!” - Kristin Otis

"To Life is Love and to Cinequest for Stepping Up." - Andrea Harris

"I want to commend Halfdan Hussey for undertaking this difficult but very important task of helping Somaly and her girls change their destiny. I wish you all the best of luck in accomplishing your stated goals. Your lives will definitely be blessed as you work to help these lovely people." - Richard Kuenne


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Tony Bayne
Vivian Bejari
Joy Calaoagan
Avril Calderwood
Jim Carretta
Anand Chandrasekaran
Lorraine C. Crowder
Natalie Hanson
Frank Harper
Andrea Harris
Arlene Harris
Lisa Hettler-Smith
Camille Kokozaki
Richard Kuenne
Melissa McClung
Yen-Chi Nguyen
Kristin Otis
Howard Read
Benno Schoberth
Christine Storey
Mariko Takai
Sandra Thornton
Alie Victorine
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