An inspiring documentary about Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi took home the top prize, the ‘U.S. Documentary’ Grand Jury Prize, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which concluded Jan. 27 in Park City, Utah.
“Kailash,” a film on Indian child rights activist Satyarthi, 64, made its debut at the 2018 festival. The film is directed by Derek Doneen and produced by Davis Guggenheim and Sarah Anthony.
The film depicts how Satyarthi, who as a young man promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime, has rescued more than 80,000 children and built a global movement in the decades since. This intimate and suspenseful film follows one man’s journey to do what many believed was impossible.
Reacting to his win, Satyarthi wrote on Twitter: “Kailash is a reminder that we will see the end of child slavery in my lifetime. I am humbled as @kailashmovie was chosen the winner of the U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize at @sundancefest. Congratulations to Derek & his team.”
He went on to add that “Kailash is a tribute to my colleagues Dhoomdas, Adarsh and Kalu who sacrificed their lives. And, a recognition of all my colleagues, who fought and are still fighting for human freedom and dignity as co-marchers in this challenging journey. @kailashmovie.”
This year’s jurors included Barbara Chai, Simon Chinn, Chaz Ebert, Ezra Edelman, Matt Holzman, Rachel Morrison, Jada Pinkett Smith, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Joe Swanberg, Hanaa Issa, Ruben Östlund, Michael J. Werner, Joslyn Barnes, Billy Luther, Paulina Suarez, and Ru Paul Charles.