The new documentary film Queen of the Beach tells the story of Shilpa Poojar, a 9-year-old beach hawker in India hustling tourists to buy clothes and jewelry from her seaside shop. Director Christopher McDonell, known as Cleetche, happened to be on vacation in Goa, India, when he came across Shilpa.
What began as a film to capture the story of child laborers in India turned into something much richer, and much more beautiful. Over the course of four visits to the country in eight years, he tells the story of her journey, a story of sacrifice, survival and the dream of going to school. It’s a beautiful and inspiring journey.
I had the chance to sit down with Cleetche and talk about the journey from that day in Goa, India on the beach to releasing Shilpa’s story. The film released digitally on Friday, August 15 and is now available.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.