Kavi The Film

Kavi, the anti-slavery film, has been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. The 19 minute dramatic short film about a boy named Kavi (Sagar Salunke) who tries to escape from the brick kiln where he’s forced to work. The film, set in India, explores the realities of bonded labour, connecting with a worldwide campaign against human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Kavi the Film

Click on the image below to play the trailer in YouTube

The DVD is available for purchase at kavithemovie.com.


Filming for Kavi was shot by director Gregg Helvey, whose work includes Over Exposed, a documentary on the effects of pornography on men. Working with Helvey were cinematographer John Harrison, editor Chris Witt, producers Guneet Monga and Harish Amin, first art director Vikas Chandra, second art director Hanish Kaila, assistant producer Margaux Helvey, sound designer Gentry Smith, and composer Patrick Kirst.

The five live action short films nominated at the 2010 Academy Awards are Instead of Abracadabra, The Door, Miracle Fish, Kavi, The New Tenants.

The five animated short films nominated at the 2010 Academy Awards A Matter of Loaf and Death, Logorama, French Roast, The Lady and the Reaper, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty.

The Oscars will be announced on Sunday March 7.