Friday, June 5, 2009

Smile Pinki

Showing at MoMA and on HBO: Smile Pinki, directed by Megan Mylan

Synopsis from the film's website:

Pinki is a five-year old girl in rural India born desperately poor and with a cleft lip. The simple surgery that can cure her is a distant dream until she meets Pankaj, a social worker traveling village to village gathering patients for a hospital that provides free surgery to thousands each year. Told in a vibrant vérité-style, this real-world fairy tale follows its wide-eyed protagonist on a journey from isolation to embrace.

Smile Pinki won an Oscar for best short documentary film, and it moved one of the Freakonomics guys to tears. Audio interview with Megan Mylan here.

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