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Indian film on child trafficking at Cannes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A heart-wrenching tale of child prostitution in India, portrayed compellingly by filmmaker Abhinav Shiv Tiwari is now set to be screened at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival on May 22.

"Oass- The Dew Drop", inspired by a real-life story of abduction of an 11-year-old Nepalese girl who is sold to a brothel in by her aunt will be scouting for producers for an international release at the French film festival.

"We will be seeking for an international release at Cannes. Meanwhile we are also speaking to people for a simultaneous release across the country," Tiwari told PTI.

The documentary, which marks Tiwari's debut as a filmmaker, uses strong narrative to throw a spotlight on the "horrifying trauma faced by numerous young girl children who are forced into child prostitution and become part of the sex trafficking industry."

Tiwari says it him took six years to conceptualize the film, which changed his "perspective towards life for ever."

"During my research I this young girl, who was a victim but had a positive attitude to life. She was determined to get out of the system. I was quite touched," says Tiwari.

Using straightforward narrative, the screenplay speaks of the brutalities and plight of girls usually between the ages of 4 to 14 who get trapped into sex slavery, a billion dollar global business.

Tiwari been associated with STOP, a Delhi-based NGO which he says "has been rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked girls for a very long time."

The role of the protagonist 'Kiku' is essayed by Dibya Chhetri in the film.

First Published: Thu, May 16 2013. 14:15 IST