When she hears about her 14-year-old daughter’s suicide, presumably as a result of human trafficking, Cecilia decides to find out what has happened. She enters a difficult process of seeking justice for her daughter, and for all present and future victims of human trafficking in her village. Cecilia is lucky. She works as a maid for the film’s director and his wife, both resourceful, and with a genuine desire to help Cecilia. However, their attempt to bring the human trafficker whom they believe is responsible to court becomes more dangerous than first expected.
This thriller of a documentary gives us, through an intimate lens, a look into India’s intricate system of human traffickers and their supporters, and a corrupt and cynical legal system. In India human trafficking is a huge problem, and young girls are especially vulnerable to abuse. Will Cecilia win this battle for justice, working against a state in which corruption and greed disintegrate all forms of trust in society?
"Cecilia is the kind of film which stays with you."
Director Pankaj Johar
Producer Pankaj Johar
Production Company Penny Wise Films
Norwegian co-producer Arne Dahr
Norwegian co-production company Lightsource
Runtime 1h 23m