Two Blocks From Heaven is a story set in the realm of human trafficking. The story follows Chen, a young Chinese prostitute in an illegal brothel above a Chinese restaurant nearby a church in the middle of an unspecified American city. Jaded, abused, and weary of this life she’s been forced to live, she takes on a deal to train the new girl, Mei, in exchange for her own freedom. Upon Mei’s arrival and befriending, Chen is faced with a choice: earn her freedom at the cost of Mei ending up like her or risk their safety by running away. Despite facing multiple production challenges throughout, the film was completed. This paper delves into the film’s process from the conception to production to its first screening at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Human trafficking--Drama; Prostitution--Drama

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Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Peter Kiwitt

Advisor/Committee Member

Franklin Deese

Advisor/Committee Member

Jack Beck


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1996 .T36 2015


RIT – Main Campus

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