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Lilet Never Happened by Jacco Groen

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August 22, 2013

Feature Lilet Never Happened from Dutch director and producer Jacco Groen (Spring Film) will be part of the Official Selection of the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York. The film is part of the competitive section of the festival, which has a focus on features, documentaries and short films from all over the world and on social relevance.

Lilet Never Happened has already been screened at more than 20 international film festivals worldwide, among which the Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland), International Film Festival India, Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic), Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania) and the Kristiansand International Youth Film Festival (Norway) where it won the Award for Best Youth Film. Besides the United States, the movie will also be presented at festivals in Switzerland, Australia, Denmark and Armenia during the following months.

Lilet Never Happened is about a 12-year-old Philippine girl struggling to survive on the streets of Manila. Social worker Claire (Johanna ter Steege) tries to intervene but this head-strong girl thinks she can take her life - and her future - in her own hands. The film is based on actual interviews with Lilet, the little girl who became Manila’s most famous child prostitute.

The filmmaker started the production of the film without money from the Netherlands Filmfund, and the shoot took a period of three years. “I still have a 60.000 euro debt and I believe I am not allowed to go deep sea diving or bull fighting in the coming years,"says Jacco Groen. “But  I am still very happy that I have taken the risk, because I am travelling around the world and everywhere the problem of child prositution becomes a topic for discussion."

The 3rd International Film Festival Manhattan takes place October 17 - 20: http://iffmnewyork.com/

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