Cleetche Vancouver filmmaker

QUEEN OF THE BEACH

Soloshye Pictures | 2019

Documentary | 105 minutes

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CREDITS

SYNOPSIS:


"Come look my shop! Very cheap, okay!”


While on vacation in Goa, India, Canadian filmmaker Chris McDonell turns his camera on Shilpa Poojar, a 9-year-old beach hawker hustling tourists to buy clothes and jewelry from her seaside shop. Funny, charming and skilled beyond her years, she is a migrant worker from the unique Lamani tribe and the primary breadwinner for her family. Forging a connection in this chance encounter, Chris returns 3 times over the next 7 years to capture Shilpa’s story of sacrifice and survival and help her achieve her childhood dream of going to school – a relentless effort that will test them both along the way.


From child-labourer to teenage-entrepreneur to one of the “lucky” ones who learned how to read and write (in a culture that favours boys over girls), Shilpa is now an inspiration to many and has been lovingly nicknamed: “Queen of the Beach”.


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Cleetche

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Matt Drake

Monique R. White

Andy Nathani

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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

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Sasikumar B.

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India, Canada,

England

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

"Fix the house, School the girl!"

Click the logo to learn 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, from May 15 - June 15, 2018.

SCREENINGS/AWARDS:


◼︎ Free Spirit Film Festival | McLeod Ganj, India

     October 31, 2019

◼ Lakecity International Film Festival | Gwalior, India

     December 20, 2019

Free Spirit Film Festival 2019
Free Spirit Film Festival 2019
Free Spirit Film Festival 2019
Free Spirit Film Festival 2019

Jaipur International Film Festival | Jaipur, India

     January 17, 2020

Jaipur International Film Festival 2020
Lakecity International Film Festival 2019

SALES REPRESENTATIVE


Monique R. White

1-323-424-4066

monique@californiapicturesinc.com



◼ New Delhi Film Festival | New Delhi, India

     January 18, 2020

New Delhi Film Festival 2020