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"Child Marriage"

NRI's "Child Marriage"film honoured at New York film festival
A documentary film

New York Dec.20, 2005

NRI, a United States based filmmaker, Neeraj Kumar's documentary film "Child Marriage" has received the Best International award at the New York International Film and Video Festival (NYIFVF), 2005.

This documentary film is 82 minute long, about a little bride getting engaged before she was even born. It also include issues like women's rights, animal rights, discrimination against untouchables, artistic folk music and dances from the remote western parts of India. UNICEF(United Nations International Children Emergency Fund) has labeled this as an human rights issue.. The consequences of child marriage are irreversible. A child who is a victim of bonded labors/child slavery can be rescued. A child suffering from sexual abuse can be helped by psychological therapy. An illiterate child can get free education. A physically handicapped child can be helped to the extent of his/her handicap. But, a married child has no options. The child's fate is sealed forever. There is no escape. The movie had to be filmed in a Guerilla-style due to the fact that the practice of child marriage is banned by the Government of India. After living for years in the United States, the Indian summer heat and dust was gruelling for Neeraj. He traveled across the Rajasthan and Haryana on a motorcycle for this film.

Neeraj says that he had a great time making the film and hopes that his message will reach far and wide. He intends to show this film at an international level. On Dec. 5, 10, 11, this documentary film has already been shown at the Nolita film festival and South Asian international film festival in New York .


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