Derek Doneen’s prolific documentary on noble prize winner K Satyarthi by the name of Kailash won Grand Jury Prize Award in Sundance Film Festival 2018. It is a matter of high prestige that a documentary on a celebrated Indian who has dedicated most of his life in the service of society is being awarded at one of the most important film festivals in the world. Makers of this documentary have previously made An Inconvenient Truth and He Named Me Malala which were also hugely appreciated in the festival circuit as well as by the general audience.
Length of the film is 92 minutes and it focus deeply on the journey of Kailash of how he rid children of trafficking and child labor. Hollywood magazine variety has rated the film three out of five stars, which is great as critics are usually not this generous. Kailash and family are the founder of this organization called Bachpan Bachao Andolan [BBA] which has shrunk the rate of child trafficking in India from 12 million to 4. Kailash’s achievement have been remarkable and the honor film received has given justice to the man because of whom this film exists in the first place.
Variety called this film, “first class fundraising video” though Sundance does not seem to think like that and instead gave biggest award of documentaries to this film. Kailash might find a release date in India with the help of distributors though documentaries does not have a commercial market in India at all and only one out of a million documentaries get a release in here which is hilarious as they make about 2 million. Only documentary to earn soem sort of recognition and box office commercially was Sachin : A Billion Dreams based on life and times of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, rest of the documentaries have dark fate in this country.