Rosario Dawson has been cast to play activist Donna Hylton in a feature film based on the biography A Little Piece Of Light.

Hylton is a women’s rights activist, criminal justice reform advocate and accomplished public speaker.  She helps women who have experienced traumatic events in to overcome their past traumas and transform their lives.  Her own life took an unexpected and life-changing turn when as a child she was lured from Jamaica to the United States.  A Little Bit of Light, tells the story of the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration and how she learned to live, love and trust all over again.

According to A Little Bit of Light, Hylton grew up in Jamaica and her mother first sold her to an American couple in New York when she was 7 years old.  Thinking that she was going to Disneyland, she ended up in a very different reality.  Her adoptive father wound up being a pedophile. To get away from him, she would hide in the closet, and when she saw a little piece of light coming through the room, she knew he was on his way to get her.

Hylton was later arrested at age 19 when she was a high school track star as a result of her participation in the kidnapping and murder of a Rikers Island real estate agent.  She was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and was put in solitary confinement where she, once again, would see that little piece of light. This time, however, it grew to mean something very different.

She got out of prison in 2012, and began to look for that little piece of light in others.  Eventually she found her calling and began fighting for the rights of women alongside her mother figure and women’s rights activist, author Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues).

Dawson and Hylton are currently looking for a female screenwriter to adapt the book as well as a female director.

“We are all looking for the right female screenwriter and director for A Little Piece Of Light. This is a project for women, by women, of women.  That’s how it’s got to go. Donna says, ‘Your voice is my voice. My voice is your voice. And together our voice is powerful.’” – Dan Pearson, D4 Entertainement 

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