White Stain

Kayla Tong | USA | 2015 | 9 mins

White Stain Synopsis

A young woman is perpetually haunted by the darkest memories of her life. Every touch of the demons who sexually assaulted her imprints a permanent white stain.

White Stain was an official selection of the 2016 WVN Online Film Festival.

MATURE, CW/TW: sexual assault, rape, violence against women.

About the Filmmaker

Kayla Tong (born in 1993) 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.

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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.

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