First It was SlumDog Millionaire ,then it was Smile Pinki and now it’s Kavi ,a short film by a foreign filmmaker focusing on the problem of child labour in India is nominated for Oscars. Its a 19-minute fictional film about a young boy who wants to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to work as a modern-day salve. Kavi will be the first fictional film of its kind to expose the reality of bonded labor, a form of modern slavery.
Written-directed and produced by Gregg Helvey, it has been selected in “Short Film” (Live Action) category of 82nd Academy Awards.
It will compete with “The Door“(Juanita Wilson, James Flynn), “Instead of Abracadabra” (Patrik Eklund, Mathias Fjellstrom), “Miracle Fish” (Luke Doolan, Drew Bailey), and “The New Tenants” (Joachim Back, Tivi Magnusson).
Gregg Helvey made this film as his thesis project and completed in 8days with just Rs. 14lakhs .The 82nd Academy Awards presentation will take place on 7th Mar in Hollywood.
This is another effort by a foreign filmmaker to show the adversity and poverty surrounding poor class in India.Though “Harishchandra factory” was sent as an official entry to Oscars from India, it failed to get nominated in any category.