Maya | 2000
Maya is a happy little 12-year-old girl living with a foster family she considers to be her own. She and her foster brother Sanjay are perfectly matched in size, athletic ability, adventurousness and mischievousness, and mother and father are loving, supportive and wealthy enough to live graciously and generously. When Maya and Sanjay get in trouble for a prank, for example, Dad indulgently smooths things out and lets the kids run off to get a popsicle. Out of school for the summer, they have the run of the town and the farmlands on the edge of the village. Their life is free, easy and full of fun. Things change dramatically, however, when Maya gets her first period. From that day forth, she is considered grown up and is consequently enlisted in household duties. She doesn't feel any different and Sanjay certainly doesn't understand, but the change is drastic - especially for Maya who is soon taken back to her biological family and forced into a ritual deflowering by the local priests.