WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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like mad," and often "boiling mad," she says. She deploys a creative medium to tell a powerful story that is most often about those who work relentlessly to overcome the obstacles placed in front of them. Which brings us full circle to her latest public message of uncomfortable disrup- tion. With the release of I am Jane Doe, there was a recent triumph with the shuttering of Backpage's Adult Services offerings. Mary expresses caution, however, as the ads have merely migrated to another section on the site and in some cases have gone underground for awhile until time and fleeting attention spans move the spotlight elsewhere. Sadly, there are many creative ways to hide ugly truths. Here's what Mary says 50 Eggs hopes to do through this documentary: "We are hell bent on trying to move the needle ...to eradicate the sale of children online." Through ignorance and complacency, we either dismiss the con- cept of the online exploitation of minors ("This can't be true! Not in America! Not chil- dren!") or default to a "not my problem" or "too much of a problem for me to take on" attitude, while turning away. In such times as these, where party lines seem to be chiseled in concrete, Mary feels that the stories of the thousands of "Jane Does" (run-aways, missing, homeless, abandoned) are rallying cries that should unite, not divide, us, breaking through partisan politics. After viewing this film — indeed, many of Mary's films — we leave the comfort of the theater with a sense of unease. Mary leaves us 88 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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