Doc ‘The Wrong Light’ Nabbed by Cinema Guild


Cinema Guild acquires the provocative documentary “The Wrong Light” from Shine Global, producers of the Academy-Award winning “Inocente”

The Wrong Light plays like a film noir set in the tropics. – The Montclair Times

NEW YORK, NY— Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Josie Swantek Heitz’s and Dave Adams’s powerful documentary The Wrong Light. Produced by Shine Global, the non-profit production company behind the Academy Award®-winning Inocente and Academy Award® nominee/Emmy® winner, War/ Dance, The Wrong Light will be released theatrically this Fall.

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.

“Josie and Dave have crafted a gripping, complex and essential documentary that unfolds like a mystery and will shake audiences around the country. We have been following the project since the release of Inocente in 2012 and yet we were astonished by the empowering force of the film. We look forward to collaborating with Shine Global again and to the passionate discussions The Wrong Light will spark,” commented Blandine Mercier-McGovern of The Cinema Guild.

“We loved working with The Cinema Guild on Inocente, and know that The Wrong Light is in the best possible hands for US distribution,” said Susan MacLaury, the film’s producer and Executive Director of Shine Global. “Audience reaction during festival Q and A’s has excited us by its engagement and intensity. And making this film reminded us that although child exploitation can take many forms, young adults are inherently resilient, a quality Shine always celebrates in its films.”

The deal was negotiated by Blandine Mercier-McGovern of Cinema Guild, Susan MacLaury, Albie Hecht and Alex Blaney of Shine Global, and Shine’s attorney, Roy Langbord.


TheCinemaGuildCinema Guild is a premier distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films, whose upcoming releases include Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis XIV”, Patrick Shen’s “In Pursuit of Silence”, and Mehrdad Oskouei’s Starless Dreams”. Recent theatrical releases include Jem Cohen’s “Counting”, Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly”, Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja”, and Matías Piñeiro’s “The Princess of France. For more information, visit:


ShineGlobalLogoTaglineShine Global, a non-profit media company, gives voice to children by telling stories of their resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. The organization’s films have won more than 50 major awards including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance.