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Friday, September 20 • 7:15pm - 9:30pm
Opening Night Film - Oass

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Director: Abhinav Shiv Tiwari

Cast: Dibya Chhetri, Priyanka Bose, Yashpal Sharma

India | 105mins | 2013 | US Premiere

Synopsis: Eyes forward, Kiku hurtles down the street. A swish of glittering purple from the corner of her eye tells her that Madam is not far behind. Jhukki's grunts were getting louder. Kiku needed to quicken her pace. She shifts her focus back to her goal. The end of the street is a few meters away and beyond that lie her father's fields. She squints. Was that the silhouette of the Kanchenjunga she saw in the distance? A butterfly dances up ahead of her, its antennae pointing towards Kiku's finish line. Last few steps. She closes her eyes and stretches her hand forward. But, before she can step over the threshold, she is yanked back. Kiku lurches forward but Madam's fingernail is hooked into the collar of her shirt/blouse. The butterfly escapes. Kiku's hand drops to her side. OASS is inspired by a true story of Kiku who is taken away from her village at the age of 11 and sold to a brothel in Delhi. Drugged, beaten, raped and threatened, she surrenders to the atrocities in order to live, and one day escape. OASS brings to light the menace of girl-child trafficking and the perils faced by the million Kikus across the globe.

When Kiku was 11 years old, her life was like a dream – time spent running around in the fields in her village and playing with her little sister. Like any other girl of her age, she dreamt of a bright future that good education could provide her. This ambition took her all the way to Delhi – only to be sold to a brothel where she was drugged, raped, kicked and punched. Everyday a little more of her soul was crushed. However, she believed that she had to win this battle for freedom to help rescue other victims like her.

What makes this movie so convincing is the fact that the storyline is not just a figment of the writer’s imagination. It’s influenced by the narrative given by the girl about herself and various others like her who have been through this torment. OASS also draws inspiration from the lives of various other Kikus worldwide. The central character of the movie is inspired from the true story of a girl whose immense determination to achieve freedom helped her not only to stay alive but also bring to us the ordeal she had been through. With a view to respect and protect her identity, the lady’s personal details have been altered.

It took the debutant Director, Abhinav Tiwari, years of hard work, research and dedication to extract information from the victim (depicted as Kiku in the movie) and various other sufferers of this racket. So moved was he by the narration of the victims that he made up his mind to use this story for his first film, an eye opener for the “civilized” world.

The movie has been shot with utmost conviction. Life-like sets and real locations – be it the hills of Nepal or the brothels of Delhi - have infused the film with an element of reality. Ace technicians have come together, in body and spirit, to weave a visual tapestry that is as high in cinematic quality as it is in content.

Friday September 20, 2013 7:15pm - 9:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago

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