Cinequest Film Festival
Posted at 12:47 PM (PST) on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Feature Film | NR | 97 min
World Premiere
San Jose, California

She risked everything for freedom.

Executive produced by Emma Thompson, and with supporting performances by Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, director Jeffrey Brown’s adaptation of Patricia McCormick’s National Book Award nominee is a powerful and haunting depiction of the horror faced by millions and the resilience of the human spirit.

Twelve-year-old Lakshmi lives in her village in the Himalayas. Although her family is poor, Lakshmi’s joy is infectious. When a monsoon destroys her family’s rice paddy, Lakshmi’s stepfather negotiates a deal to have her work in the city as a domestic servant.

Filled with hope and pride for the opportunity to help her family, Lakshmi travels to India, where she learns the unthinkable: she’s been sold into prostitution. Living a nightmare, Lakshmi must summon her courage and strength to endure cruelty and find her way out and back to her life.