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Another World

In West Bengal, Hasina turns to the gutsy Indian sport, Kabaddi, to build resistance to trafficking and child marriage.


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  • DIRECTOR Jeni Lee

  • PRODUCER Jeni Lee



Girls from West Bengal are some of the world’s most vulnerable to human trafficking, exploitation and child marriage. But one feisty group of girls have returned to the ancient sport of Kabaddi, to build resilience. In this male dominated sport, a lone ‘raider’, takes on 7 defenders, tagging as many as possible without being tackled. The technique is known as Raid, defend, revive, repeat. Hasina's father will not allow her to join the local Kabaddi team. He has arranged for her to be married, saying playing sport will bring shame to her family. Her neighbours say only ‘bad girls’, Khrap Mey, play sport.

After Hasina goes on a hunger strike, her father finally lets her join the team. One year later, Hasina is selected for the district team and will play for her state. The marriage is on hold as she pursues her dream to be a national champion. The film follows Hasina as the seasons change and she develops a newfound self-worth - a powerful story of transformation and human dignity.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

West Bengal is known as a human trafficking hub, because of its porous border with Nepal and Bangladesh. A key challenge for migrant girls is feeling helpless. This makes them vulnerable to early marriage and trafficking. Some are tricked, some see no other choice. Two committed organisations believe sports build resilience and have started a Kabaddi for Empowerment program for girls. Another World challenges gender inequality and reveals positive opportunities for change.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Another World joins the worldwide movement for gender equality, where girls everywhere are free to make their own choices. India has the largest number of trafficked girls worldwide and child marriage is still common. Sports for Empowerment programs help girls build self-efficacy. Evidence shows that championing equal rights for girls makes them more resistant to trafficking and child marriage. When girls are free to make their own choices, another world is possible.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

This short film belongs to a slate of films, that together create a multi-faceted impact film campaign. The campaign will build girls resistance to trafficking and early marriage and tackle stigmatisation of survivors of trafficking.

In the short term, this short film will increase awareness around the impacts of negative gender and social norms, and inform audiences of positive alternatives.

In the medium term, the film aims to generate empathy for girls who are discriminated against, leading to behavior and attitude change for girls, their families, community leaders, influencers and policy makers. We also aim to attract funds for further programs that assist girls to resist trafficking and early marriage.

In the long term, the impact film campaign aims to: contribute to creating positive social and gender norms, both within India and globally.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

My impact partners are Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) in India and Prajaak in West Bengal. Tdh facilitate the Kabaddi for empowerment project together with Prajaak in West Bengal. Tdh and Prajaak are providing both access to communities and an ethical framework for the project, ensuring protection for participants. In addition, they will conduct Bengali language interviews for the film and provide cultural consultancy to the team.

Tdh and Prajaak will facilitate community screenings and local distribution of the film. Their global databases will be drawn upon to promote the Video On Demand version of the film.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

I hope that audiences of Another World connect with the girls in the film and are inspired to take action in their own communities. Ideally, they will be more informed about how negative gender norms affect girl’s lives, and take real steps in their lives towards levelling the playing field, joining the global movement for gender equality.

At a local level, I hope leaders will recognise their potential to help girls at risk of trafficking and early marriage in their own communities.

I hope migrant girls in West Bengal will realise they have access to the resources they need to face up to life’s challenges. I hope they will be inspired to make good choices in their lives, ask for help when they need it and stand up for themselves.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

In West Bengal our impact partners will measure the impact of the film after screenings by recording qualitative data in the form of survivor, family and community quotes. A self-assessment questionnaire will be included as part of the educational package, providing a quantitative measure of the film campaign impact.

We will measure: the percentage of girls at risk of or affected by unsafe migration who have increased knowledge of local schemes, services and livelihoods; the percentage of community actors whose practices are improved to better respond to the needs of girls at risk of or affected by unsafe migration in terms of protection; the percentage of girls at risk of or affected by unsafe migration who feel more supported in their communities; global awareness of ways to support gender equality and self-efficacy for girls.