Smile Pinki

Academy Award winner, “Smile Pinki”, is a captivating story of a desperately poor little girl in rural India whose life is magically transformed when she receives free surgery to correct her cleft lip has received a coveted Oscar nomination on January 22, 2009 in the category of best documentary short subject.

Pinki, is a 5 year old girl who is living with a severe cleft in one of the poorest areas of India. Not allowed to attend school and ostracized because of her deformity, Pinki lives a life of quiet desperation as she waits and wonders if she will ever receive the cleft surgery her parents could never afford and that she so desperately needs. By chance, Pinkis parents meet a social worker one day who is traveling village to village, gathering patients for a hospital that provides free cleft surgery to thousands of poor children each year through the Smile Train program.

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  1. No wonder this exquisite short film by director/producer Megan Mylan won best short film at the Oscars! It’s a truly inspirational story about a young girl who will open up your heart and give you hope that there are great things going on in the world after all!

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