Renting gear to thousands of customers a year, we get many opportunities to help photographers and filmmakers with some incredible projects. Krista Guenin has been a local customer and friend of ours for a few years now and when we heard about this project she was working on, we knew we had to help!
“For the last year, I have been working with non-profit organization Code Red Films on a documentary film called UNTOUCHABLE: Children of God, about the sexual exploitation of the lowest caste girls of Nepal and India. Among the Untouchable caste of Nepal are the Badi people – the lowest of the low from the culture’s perspective. In the last few generations many members of this people group have had to turn to prostitution to survive. Because of this, the word Badi has become synonymous with prostitute and even those who have not worked as prostitutes are discriminated against, face sexual harassment & exploitation, and are usually trapped in extreme poverty.
Our team has traveled to Kathmandu and Western Nepal, interviewing survivors and activists, visiting villages and NGOs, and learning as much as we could about what is happening in Nepal. We have also gone to India, where so many Nepali girls end up, to continue researching and documenting the sex trafficking of lower caste girls. The situation in the brothels of Mumbai and Delhi is abhorrent – truly worse than even your nightmares. So many girls are held captive, tortured and raped repeatedly for someone else’s satisfaction and yet another’s profit. And there are THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of these girls, with more being kidnapped and brought to India each day.
My role in the project has been to work as the still photographer for the film. Between safety & privacy concerns surrounding the subject, and the consistent and repetitive breaking of my heart, it’s been a challenge to say the least. In preparing for both of my trips abroad, I turned to LensProToGo to rent gear, and they responded both times with their generous support and encouragement! I’m a Nikon shooter, and primarily use a D700 for wedding work. For these trips, I knew I needed something that would work even better in low light, as using a flash wouldn’t be very realistic. So, I rented at Nikon D4 for the trips and it was exactly what I needed. LensPro made it super easy for me, of course, by shipping it to me and allowing me to ship it back. With preparing for a big trip and then returning home the piles of work on my desk, free shipping made my life a whole lot easier. With everything else going on with this project, it was so nice not to have to worry about equipment.
So, now that we’ve captured all of the footage, and taken all the photos, we’re in the post-production phase of the filmmaking process. We are currently trying to raise $50,000 to finish the film and to begin screenings at the end of this year. We are getting close to our goal, but only have 6 days left to raise the funds! If you’re interested in supporting our work on this film, please head over to our Indiegogo campaign and check it out! And please share it with your friends and help us spread the word!”