Cleetche Vancouver filmmaker


Soloshye Pictures | 2018

Documentary | 119 minutes

◼︎ FINAL-CUT – 1080p (Password)


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• This is pre Sound-Mix with no compression or EQ, and only basic leveling

• Narration is TEMP (to be re-recorded)

• Music may change

• Score Music to be written

• Colour Correction/Grading to be done

• Credits incomplete

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•  February, 2008. Chris travels to India and first meets Shilpa on March 7.

•  January, 2009. Chris returns to India, reconnects with Shilpa and continues filming.

•  April, 2010. Chris returns to India for a third round of filming. He loses contact with Shilpa shortly after returning to Canada.

• March 3, 2014. After several early rough-cuts and private screenings, he finishes the first Trailer.

• September, 2014. A polished Rough-Cut is completed with a running length of 105 minutes.

• March 14, 2015. Heeding the advice of two film distributors, Chris returns to India to find Shilpa and resolve the story.

• April 2, 2015. While in India, Chris launches a GoFundMe Campaign titled, "Fix the House, School the Girl!". The goal is reached by the end of the month.

• November, 2016. Starting from the ground up, a new Rough-Cut is produced incorporating 18 hours of new footage.

• September 11, 2017. After 3 more months of editing, the Rough-Cut is revised and polished.

• October, 2017. Chris releases a new Trailer.

• February, 2018. The Final-Cut is uploaded to Vimeo.

• March, 2018. The Trailer is revised with original score music by Sasikumar B.

• April, 2018. A 1-minute Teaser is added to the Press Kit.


9-year-old Shilpa feeds her family by hustling tourists to buy fabrics and jewelry from her tiny beach shop in Goa, India. When a Canadian filmmaker turns his camera on her and learns that her dream in life is to go to school, it sets in motion an 8-year journey that will bond and test them both as they relentlessly pursue the very thing she's been denied.

Currently in post-production.























Music Composer


Filming Locations





Matt Drake


Shilpa Poojar

Seeta Kyber Nayka

Chris McDonell

Pooja Poojar

Kiran Poojar

Arjun Poojar

Somanath Poojar

Shantabhi Poojar

Laxmi Poojar

Ravi Lamani

Joanna Palliparambil

Sangeeta Gudimani

Kiran Kattimani

Dan Shing Lamani

Laxman M

Bhimshi Lamani


Sasikumar B.


India, Canada,


GoFundMe - Fix the house, save the girl! | by Christopher McDonell

"Fix the house, School the girl!"

Click the logo to learn more about the crowd-funding campaign launched in Goa, India, during filming in 2015.

Click the logo to learn about the campaign to raise completion funds, run from May 15 - June 15, 2018.