Chosen Few - a short film by International Justice Mission in partnership with the production house

The Viral Fever

News Desk, News Nation 360: Chosen Few - a short film by IJM in partnership with production house The Viral Fever – intends to shed light on the importance of a robust criminal justice system in freeing children caught in Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The film explores the role of the Chosen Few in the rescue, restoration and rehabilitation of survivors of sex trafficking. It is a celebration of the accomplishments of a system that has successfully restored over 100 survivors of sex trafficking in over two decades. The film goes beyond the romanticized aspects of sex work that have often been portrayed on the silver screen and touches on the plight of the children and women exposed to the crime. The viewer is introduced to the criminal justice system through characters in the film, and their approach to tackling the crime. Chosen Few was released today by TVF in their Youtube channel on 21 April 2020 on the occasion of National Civil Services Day is dedicated to the ‘Chosen Few’ in the criminal justice system who take ownership and make it possible to rescue victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Chosen Few is written by Mr Akashendra Mishra, Mr Raja Narayan Deb has scored the background music. The editor of the film is Mr Bhisma Pratim and Director of Photography is Mr Kushal  Banerjee. The Director of Chosen Few is Rohit Mittal told it was as good as shooting a feature film. For it to be real and authentic they had to take that extra step in every scene and location. Thankfully they had a great crew and cast. Also working with non-actors is always a delight. IJM helped them with a lot of insights and helped them make  it  very  real  and  believable.  And  the  core  team  at TVF is very supportive, and  

creative. Everyone worked very hard to do justice to the story and the world they are showing. Sanjay Macwan, Vice President Partnerships, South Asia, IJM told in the fight against human trafficking, especially sex trafficking it is traditionally believed that ‘it can’t be ended’ – for it is an oldest work/crime. This belief often occupies the perception of people, including those who are fighting the crime – for they often believe the same! Through Chosen Few, they bring a glimpse of the change that they experience through our work. Vikram Kochhar who portrays the character of Special Police Officer in the film told this is a very special film as they have tried their level best to remain as true as possible. In fact, this story is based on true life events. While developing his character he realised how difficult it is for the judicial system to bust such crimes. On one side it is necessary to completely bust the channel of such crimes and on the other, the victim is so vulnerable that it becomes very sensitive.

Report: Anustup Kundu

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