Coming 2017

The Wrong Light tells the riveting story of a charismatic activist who leads a globally-regarded anti-trafficking NGO in Northern Thailand that provides shelter and education to young girls rescued from brothels. But as the filmmakers embed themselves at the shelter and meet the young girls and their families, discrepancies begin to emerge. As the filmmakers embark in a quest for the truth while keeping the girls safe, the heroic tale takes a shocking turn and uncovers a dark side of child advocacy behind the trafficking headlines.

“The Wrong Light” plays like a film noir set in the tropics.

The Montclair Times


The Wrong Light explores the exploitation and misrepresentation of young girls in Thailand. The outreach and engagement work will explore the broader issues of exploitation and lack of transparency at all levels of the global aid system. The campaign will support a shift in how journalists, the wider media, non-profit organizations, individual donors, fundraisers, decision-makers in the global aid and development industry, and documentary filmmakers understand and work towards narrative authenticity and integrity.


WINNER Grand Prize NJ Films Section Montclair Film Festival

Official Selection 40th Cleveland International Film Festival

Official Selection 40th Atlanta Film Festival

Official Selection Louisiana International Film Festival

Atlanta Fim Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival

Winner Montclair Film Festival Grande Prize NJ Film Competition

Louisiana International Film Festival


Directed by
Josie Swantek Heitz, David Adams

Produced by
Susan MacLaury, Josie Swantek Heitz

Executive Producers
Albie Hecht, Barbara Dobkin

Alexandra Blaney

Director of Photography
Dave Adams

Edited by
Chris Tuss, Matt Cascella

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