A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip.

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Pinki is a five-year-old girl from a village in the Mirzapur District, India, born into a desperately poor family, and with a cleft lip. Pinki never realized that this condition required just one simple operation until she met Pankaj, a social worker traveling from village to village gathering patients to go to hospital in Varanasi that provides free surgery to thousands each year. This real-world fairy tale follows its protagonist journey to a dream smile from isolation and shame. Written by TriVin Dreamer

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lips of sorrow and joy
24 February 2017 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Megan Mylan's Oscar-winning "Smile Pinki" focuses on a girl with a cleft lip in one of the poorest parts of India, and how a social worker gathers people to go to a hospital to have their cleft lips treated. Part of what we get to see in the documentary is the traditions in the girl's village, and how the townspeople think that her cleft lip resulted from an eclipse. In an era when it's possible to get cleft lips treated, I hate to think how it must have been for people before it was possible. As shown in the documentary, Pinki had gotten ostracized in her village because of her cleft lip. But hope arrived once it got fixed. This one of many documentaries about the good that people have done for each other amid all the bad in the world. I recommend it.


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