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Harrowing ‘The Day My God Died’ plays tonight at Roaring Fork High

Stewart Oksenhorn

“The Day My God Died,” a documentary film about the forced child sex trade in India, will be shown tonight at 7 in the Roaring Fork High School auditorium.

The film is being presented by Tomorrow’s Voice, a local educational nonprofit group, and students from Roaring Fork High School’s Constitutional Justice night class.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The film, directed by Andrew Levine, “is about young girls being trafficked in India for prostitution,” said Addison Kerklo, a 16-year-old junior at Basalt High School and student in the Constitutional Justice class who has previewed “The Day My God Died.”

“They’re age 7 to 21, and put in brothels. It’s about what they endure and how they – police and other organizations and women who have escaped – are trying to stop it.”

The 70-minute documentary, narrated by Tim Robbins and Winona Ryder, is reported to be emotionally rough. But Kerklo said the importance of the film, and awareness of the extent of the child slave trade, were worth the emotional anguish.

“I think people should see it to be aware,” she said. “It’s not a sheltered movie. It gives an account of four or five women telling you their stories about what happened. It’s not nice – it’s all what really happened, and they give you the real facts. This is going on. And not just in India, but all over the world.”

Kerklo said the film is highly recommended for high school students, but not recommended for children younger than high school age.

Proceeds from the film will be given to Sradha Bhaban – which translates to “home of love and affection with dignity” – a rescue home in India founded by Grassroots Asia. Grassroots Asia is led by local resident Debbie Pennington.

For further information on Grassroots Asia, go to http://www.grassrootsasia.com.

Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com


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