Price: $350.00

    Code: 2553

    Directed by Josie Swantek Heitz & Dave Adams
    2017, 78 minutes
    Purchase $350 | Classroom rental: $125
    Optional closed captions

    Amidst growing international concern about human trafficking, a nonprofit organization named COSA was founded in 2005 by Mickey Choothesa with the stated mission of serving as a refuge for at-risk and trafficked girls in Northern Thailand. Mickey, a self-described war photographer-turned-activist with an “upstream” prevention approach to trafficking, promoted COSA as a sanctuary providing educational opportunities for young girls. His work drew international donors, a steady stream of western visitors, and global press attention.

    Filmmakers Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams were fascinated by the story of two young girls who had been sold into the sex trade by their parents and were later rescued by COSA. They believed they had found a harrowing and uplifting story of heroism worthy of a feature-length documentary. With this in mind, they traveled to Thailand where they interviewed many of the rescued girls at COSA and travelled to their villages to speak with their families.

    Unexpectedly, their conversations with both the girls and their families contradicted Mickey’s version of their stories, making the truth that much more elusive. Reluctantly, they became subjects in the film, revealing the story as it unfolded for them. The Wrong Light is the fascinating and troubling account of their quest to find answers and tell the real story of COSA, its work, and its impact on the young girls.

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    Festivals & Awards

    WINNER – Grand Jury Prize - NJ Films – Montclair Film Festival
    Official Selection – Cleveland International Film Festival
    Official Selection – Atlanta Film Festival
    Official Selection – Heartland Film Festival


    “A swirling mystery... heartbreaking and hopeful all at once.”
    — Darren Dean, producer of Tangerine

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