Directed by: Nagesh Kukunoor
India/104 minutes/Hindi with English subtitles
(Viewer discretion advised. Please don't watch in the presence of children.)
"Lakshmi" screening is sponsored in part by SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE UT and funded in part by HUMANITIES TEXAS.
Tickets can be found here
Based on TRUE EVENTS, Lakshmi is a story of heroism and untold courage.
Lakshmi is the story of a beautiful 14 year old girl whose life takes a tragic turn. She is snatched from her family in the village and sold to a brothel in the city.
Lakshmi is thrown into this horrific, inhuman, world run by the ruthless Reddy brothers. Quietly rebellious, Lakshmi’s efforts to escape result in her being brutally beaten. She manages to survive her hellacious predicament with the help of the other girls and her own will to never give in. Finally she is rescued in a sting operation by a government organization.
Against all odds, the traumatized and broken child-woman shows courage where everybody else fails. Resisting all pressure - violent threats, coercion and bribes, she stands up in court and in a historic landmark case succeeds in putting the traffickers behind bars.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: Nagesh Kukunoor
Arriving on the Indian film scene 15 years ago, and blazing a new path and genre- the Indie film, Nagesh has written, produced, acted & directed immensely successful and acclaimed films. His very first film broke the traditional barrier of both commercial and art cinema.
Nagesh has consistently crafted stories that depict realism & authenticity over sheen & gloss, delivering to audiences a brand of cinema that is entertaining with a difference.
ABOUT INDIE MEME
Indie Meme is a film distribution company for South Asian independent films in the US. We aim to build communities around film by promoting meaningful cinema via theatrical, non-theatrical, educational & event based platforms.
Indie Meme is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
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