March 3, 2010
Another 'Slumdog'-ish Film Up for Oscar
'Kavi,' about a boy slave in India and directed by a Christian, nominated in short film category
The lead character is fictional, but the situation is all too real -- not just in India, but worldwide. Helvey, a Christian, filmed Kavi as his thesis project as a film student at USC. The short has gone on to win a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards and a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival.
Helvey told Plywood People, "I hope Kavi will touch audiences in a way that moves them to take action to end slavery. I want this movie to be an experience that transports you to another world, but allows you to identify with the characters in a way that reminds you how close they really are. Kavi is going where no documentary could go: straight into the heart of a family who is trapped in the middle of slavery."
Helvey talks more about the making of the film here.