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2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film. Kavi is a boy in India who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Unsatisfied with his fate, Kavi must either accept what he’s always been told, or fight for a different life even if he’s unsure of the ultimate outcome.
This ia a very powerful film. Personally, I wish that it won the Academy Award for best short. Very moving.
a message film that somehow isn't preachy
This film is quite remarkable. While filmmaker Gregg Helvey makes no bones about it having an overt message about ending slavery, the film does not reflect the usual preachiness one will find in a "message movie." Instead, we find a beautifully shot character piece. While watching, we never forget that this is a film that is first and foremost about Kavi himself, and his emotional journey.
The film features subtle acting and an ending that is hopeful yet uncertain, reflecting reality in a way that I wasn't expecting. While the immorality of the slavery issue should be obvious to everybody, the specifics of Kavi's situation are more complex.
The film took me by surprise. I was expecting a half-baked, overly-sincere melodrama, but what I got was a nuanced, gritty drama in the tradition of the Italian Neo-realists.
I highly recommend the film.
Kavi is a very moving powerful film. It's beautifully shot and the performances are really wonderful.