Published: Feb. 8, 2006

A new film by a University of Colorado at Boulder professor designed to raise awareness of child exploitation in the global sex trade will premiere at the Boulder International Film Festival on Feb. 17 at 4:15 p.m.

"Sita, A Girl From Jambu," was produced, written and directed by Assistant Professor Kathleen Man of the CU-Boulder film studies department. It will be shown at the Boulder Public Library auditorium located at 1000 Canyon Blvd. in downtown Boulder.

"Sita" is the story of a young teenage girl from a remote village in Nepal who dreams of marriage and a family but whose desperate circumstances lead her, like thousands of other Nepalese girls, to the world of child trafficking and sexual slavery.

The 50-minute film was shot entirely on location in Nepal in 2004. Man worked with nonactors and filmed in remote villages. To help capture the gritty nature of the topic, Man used a narrative documentary style of filmmaking known as cinéma vérité. This unconventional yet engaging style combines both fictional and documentary elements and helps to better portray the problem of human trafficking, Man said.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the film festival box office at (303) 786-7930 or online at

To learn more about "Sita, A Girl From Jambu" visit the film's Web site at