Child prostitution in Mumbai is the focus of BAS! Beyond the Red Light, winner of Colin Low Award at DOXA

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Director Wendy Champagne’s first feature-length documentary "BAS! Beyond the Red Light" is the recent recipient of the prestigious NFB Colin Low Award for Most Innovative Canadian Documentary at DOXA 2010.

The film chronicles the personal stories of 13 girls who were sold into the world’s largest red light district in Mumbai, India. Liberated by Mumbai’s under-funded Rescue Foundation, the girls live an isolated existence in this safe haven, some suffering from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, with most struggling to gain an identity in a culture that refuses to acknowledge their existence. 

Champagne successfully contrasts the gritty underworld of child trafficking with the honest beauty of the children who have suffered at the hands of an illegal, world-wide, multi-billion dollar business.

Shooting over a three-year period, Director of Photography Katerine Giguère beautifully captures the girls as they disclose their heart-breaking stories as well as their hopes for the future.  Nancy Leduc, a Canadian choreographer, works with the girls at the Rescue Foundation to create an empowering dance routine, providing the audience with an intimate portrayal of dance as therapy. 

If you are interested in supporting the girls of Mumbai’s Rescue Foundation, please go to to see how you can contribute.

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