Set My People Free
Release Date: February 19, 2010
Audience: Older children to adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 19 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Gregg Helvey
Executive Producer: None
Writer: Gregg Helvey
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There have been several excellent documentaries about this awful problem, but nothing captures the emotional power of the situation like a narrative movie. KAVI is such a powerful narrative movie.
Nominated for an Oscar this year for best live action short film, KAVI is the story of a little boy whose father is an indentured slave because he owes money to the slave master. Kavi is the fastest worker among the brick-making slaves. He even pushes his father to go faster, because he thinks it is a game.
One day his eyes wander, and he looks at a group of students playing cricket. His father tells him that some children work and some go to school. He gets beaten by the slave master’s thug for being distracted.
As a punishment, he is given a much tougher job of cleaning up the broken bricks. When he is finished, Kavi sees some welfare workers interviewing the slaves in a hidden spot to try to help them get free. He leaves the brick factory to get a drink from the welfare workers. When found, he gets beaten again.
The next day, a cricket ball lands at his feet. When he hands it back to the schoolboys, he gets beaten ruthlessly by the slave master and locked in shackles.
Soon, his parents are carted off to a new brick factory. His existence is in jeopardy.
KAVI is a short, heart-rending movie. It is very well structured. Every aspect of the movie is elegant and compelling. It moves rapidly and captures and holds the viewer’s attention. It deserves the awards it has received.
Most people do not have access to movies like this or THE STONING OF SORAYA M. and therefore have no idea of the night and day difference between Christianity and these other religions. The more you study and the more you observe Hinduism, Islam, paganism, socialism, communism, and the other religions and ideologies, the more you cannot but help conclude that Christianity is the greatest blessing that has come to mankind, if you receive the free gift of salvation from Jesus Christ and joyously consider the words of Paul in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
KAVI is being shown in various cities in the United States as part of a program of Oscar-nominated shorts. The screenings begin on Feb. 19, 2010, so check your local theater listings or go to the movie’s website at kavithemovie.com for these and other screenings.
There are millions of slaves in the world today. One of the largest groups, outside of prostitution, are the untouchables in India. KAVI is a short, heart-rending movie that exposes India’s evil slavery system. It also exposes the moral bankruptcy of Hinduism the major religion in India. Every aspect of KAVI is elegant and compelling. It moves rapidly and holds the viewer’s attention.