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FILM SCREENINGS

  • 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.

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  • 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

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