Supporting Creative Freelancers and Youth heros
MMG Interview with Creator of Crushed Wings ''Lalit Bhusal''
Why are you focusing on South Asian communities?
South Asians are a advanced countries and they are the largest cinema goers and for us having them see this film will help to spread the awareness message all around. Meanwhile I think today's East Asian youths are very active on social media. I am hoping they will join the campaign once they understand the concept. This will be a great support for their women and young girls.
Is your film based on a true story?
Crushed Wings is a drama fiction film centred on one character. Her life story is mixed up with real life events of individual women who been victims of Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriages and domestic violence. Besides this, I managed to add in some suspense and action to make it more interesting. I am sure film will be loved by everyone.
Is it an Asian film?
It is in English and some place minor Hindi or Urdu will be use, after watching film, It depends on the audience how they judge it. We have a lot of supporting and extra English characters in this film and one of our main characters is English ‒ Emma, the second leading actress of the film.
Who is in your team?
I found mine main Actors for film, Oznur Cifci will do lead role of the film, Nasiro Karim is doing a main Negative character, also let me introduce the team who was working with me from day one: Ms Mandy Shanghera, Human Rights Activist, who gives me advice and direction on the issues which I am raising in this film; Mansoor Zahid, Head of Research, helping us with research from Pakistan; also Shobha Sharma, Sheila Evans, who help us in the background in many things!
Meanwhile I have a great team from Nepal who helped me with location and casting. One of our new team members just joined us from Mumbai, Shivani Vyas as Co- Producer; she is working hard to link this project with right people.
Soon everyone's name with their photo will appear on our website (www.crushedwings.org) and also in the crowdfunding campaign soon!
What will happen after film is completed?
We would like to showcase Crushed Wings in Film Marketplace Birmingham and in International Film Festivals. After this we will do screening in cinemas. Fingers crossed!
Any last words?
Far too many women are subjected to horrible abuse. Their rights as human beings are stripped away the moment they’re of age to have the FGM treatment, with most girls forced to undergo it before the age of fifteen. With so many girls having to withstand this practice, even when they may bleed to death and suffer horrendous health effects during marriage and pregnancy, their tragic stories need to be heard. With everyone’s support, we hope to finally illuminate this atrocious status quo and give a voice to those who are voiceless.
Lalit Bhusal is an award winning filmmaker. Most of his work is based on human right issues; he is working on his forthcoming feature film Crushed Wings under the banner of his company Cam Buddha Films
With auditions over and a location search in India and Nepal completed, he is now preparing for a crowdfunding campaign.
Lalit Bhusal is an award winning filmmaker. Most of his work is based on human right issues; he is working on his forthcoming feature film Crushed Wings under the banner of his company Cam Buddha Films (www.cambuddha.com). With auditions over and a location search in India and Nepal completed, he is now preparing for a crowdfunding campaign.
What is Crushed Wings about?
Crushed Wings is a drama and thriller film, written by me. The story is based on Human Rights issues, and the main issue I portray through the film is Female Genital Mutilation. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 100-140 million girls and women living worldwide with FGM, 92 million of them are from Africa. After deep research, we found this practice takes place in India and in Pakistan as well. I was really surprised and shocked to learn this. In India and Pakistan
60 to 90 per cent of South Asian community practise FGM. We also discovered that the Sheedi community in Pakistan also undertakes this practice, mainly to control women’s sexuality for nonmedical purposes and to make married men happy. I want to tell the world about this brutality. When I spoke to the Maulana, the Muslim Holy Priest from the local mosque in Birmingham, I was amazed to hear him say that our Holy Quran does not allow this practice on any women or girl!
Crushed Wings is about a young Muslim girl, who after being forced into an arranged marriage to a sexually and physically abusive man, suffers a turmoil of complications. As her budding relationship to a supportive woman is revealed, her husband attempts to kidnap and murder her before the community uncovers the truth.