Non-profit: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Filmmaker: Eren Aksu
In India, 67 percent of the jail population is made up of “undertrials”—people who haven’t been convicted of any crime, but who are imprisoned while awaiting trial. Unaware of their rights and often ignorant of the charges against them, many spend years behind bars. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative seeks to illuminate these issues; the situation disproportionately affects the poorest and least educated segments of society, and it’s even worse for mothers, who are deprived of any information about their children in the outside world. One Eighty is the story of one such mother, Vijai Kumari; her son, Kanhaiya Kumari; and his quest to save her from being punished from a crime she didn’t commit.
One Eighty has been selected for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival!