The Other Side of Childhood
An animated short narrative about a young boy caught in a vicious cycle of child sexual exploitation at a truck stop in Pakistan. For the Pakistani NGO Sahil, the only organization in Pakistan that works exclusively on the issue of child sexual abuse and exploitation . Awarded support from IFP/NYSCA Electronic Media Fund. Screened at SAWCC’s 10th Anniversary Exhibit at the Exit Art Gallery 2007 and as part of CRY (Child Rights & You) Seattle’s presentation of short films about children’s rights at the 2009 Seattle Independent South Asian Film Festival (ISAFF).
Based on five years of pioneering documentary research and real life testimonies of children, policemen, clients, and pimps at Pakistan’s largest truck servicing station, ten-year-old Waheed, grows weary of the world as he is repeatedly robbed of his childhood and conned into a debt he cannot repay. The Sahil team served as an advisory board for the film, ensuring that the story and the characters stayed true to their research efforts. This film was created to raise awareness about the issue and to inspire action to end this horror. With the tremendous power of storytelling to inform, educate, and inspire action, we hope this film will evoke emotional response, initiate social dialogue, and provoke political action to end violence against children and childhood the world over.
Directors: Mridu Chandra & Raheel Waqar
Screenplay: Mridu Chandra
Produced by Sahil