• Bilal

    2008. India. Sourav Sarangi. 52 min.

  • Smile Pinki

    2008. India/USA. Megan Mylan. 39 min.

Introduced by Mylan

Sunday, June 7, 2009, 2:30 p.m.


  • Bilal

    2008. India. Directed by Sourav Sarangi. Worlds away from Slumdog Millionaire, Sarangi’s profoundly moving documentary will force a sob from the stoniest breast. Bilal is a clever, mischievous three-year-old boy who must grow up fast in order to help his blind parents navigate, and even survive, the slums of Kolkata. Filmmaker Sarangi spent a year living with the family in their home—a cramped and dimly lit room that, while a treacherous obstacle course for Bilal’s blind parents and aging grandmother, is also a place of comfort, and even joy. New York premiere. In Bengali, Hindi; English subtitles. 52 min.

  • Smile Pinki

    2008. India/USA. Directed by Megan Mylan. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, Smile Pinki is the inspiring story of Pinki Kumari, a radiantly charming six-year-old girl who was born with a cleft lip and made an outcast in her village. (In rural India, a cleft lip or palate is often believed to be a bad omen caused when a pregnant mother uses a knife or scissors during an eclipse.) One fateful day, Pinki is led to a hospital run by the Smile Train, a global charity, where she and thousands of other poverty-stricken children are cured of their debilitating birth defect. 39 min.

In the Film exhibition The New India

Ticketing policies for film screenings

Sign up for now to receive MoMA's biweekly Film E-News