A film by Kayla Tong (USA/2015/9:02)
CW/TW: sexual assault, rape, violence against women
A young woman is perpetually haunted by the darkest memories of her life. Every touch from the demons who sexually assaulted her imprints a permanent white stain.
About Kayla Tong
Kayla Tong (22 years-old) is a cinematographer-editor graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Originally from Hong Kong, at the age of 15 she moved to Los Angeles, where she is currently based. She was a cinematography fellow in the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival (2014) and a fellow of Armed with a Camera Fellowship (2015). Kayla hopes to tell real stories of the marginalized in her films. She hopes to aid audiences in rediscovering the spark in humanity.
The story of “White Stain” is inspired by a story from a homeless woman I encountered in Downtown Los Angeles last year. Broken and devastated, she walked up to me that day asking if I could get her soap because she was raped a few days ago and really wanted a shower. She later revealed that she has been raped several times prior and was forced into prostitution as a teenager. It had never occurred to me that the permanent damage done to a rape victim lies in the filth she feels in her heart that other people cannot see. I decided to tell this story in her point of view.