Sita: A Girl from Jambu

Producer, Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Co-Editor: Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal (credited as Kathleen Man)

2007, Feature Documentary, Digital video, 47 min.
Distributed by New Day Films

SITA: A GIRL FROM JAMBU tells the story of a young Nepalese girl who is trafficked into sexual slavery.  Adapted from a street drama conceived and staged by village girls in and around Hetauda, Nepal, the film also incorporates footage of a public performance of the play.  An innovative blend of documentary and fiction, SITA offers an inside look at village life and the cultural landscape of rural Nepal.  The film was made in collaboration with local grassroots organizations and shot on location in the heavily trafficked Eastern Terai region of Nepal, near the Indian border.

SITA lays out the root causes of child exploitation in the global sex trade and stimulates a discussion on women’s empowerment.  It also raises awareness in the local population about the nature of HIV/AIDS.  Few documentaries focus exclusively on Nepal, nor provide an intimate view of everyday life and the cultural and economic factors that lead to the exploitation and prostitution of women and children.

An official selection at over 30 film festivals and winner of the following awards:

Best Feature, Children’s Advocacy, The Artivist Film Festival
Best Documentary, The University Film/Video Association Jury Awards
Best Feature Documentary, Moondance International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Bare Bones Independent International Film Festival
Audience Award, San Diego Women’s Film Festival
Award of Commendation, Society for Visual Anthropology
(The American Anthropological Association)
Best Score, Moondance International Film Festival

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