Smile Pinki

I recently saw a remarkable short documentary entitled Smile Pinki. It tells the story of two poverty-stricken young children (one a girl named Pinki) in India who are born with clefts and have the opportunity to receive free surgery to fix their condition. It is incredibly moving. I’m not the only one who feels that way — the movie is getting a lot of attention.

I watched it with my children. They’ve never seen anyone with a cleft, because in the United States, every baby born with the condition gets surgery within a few months. Only one of my four children (Nicholas) expressed the revulsion that many adults feel when seeing children with clefts. The other three were transfixed by what they saw and watched from beginning to end. If they hadn’t been paying so much attention to the screen, they would have had the chance to see something they have never seen before: tears coming from their dad’s eyes.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find so much as a trailer online, or any way that a person could buy or rent it. Do any blog readers know how someone could watch the documentary at home?


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  1. Chris says:

    This link may be a trailer for the movie. Linked from the homepage.

    (I don’t have the update to date web browser to view it but the description looked promising)

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  2. Tyler says:

    I cannot find anything. Nothing on Netflix, or anything of the sort.

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  3. Martin Richard says:

    I remember seeing a baby, of about four months, in his carrier. He had a cleft. I felt the start of the revulsion you acknowledge, and clamped it down almost instantly, and paid attention to the baby and got him to smile and wriggle with delight. What I remember as well is reaction of the parents. They were tense, holding their breath, which they let out with an audible sigh. It was as though they smiled with their entire bodies, when their child was not reviled, was treated and respected as a human being, and not a monster.

    Our culture discards the different much too readily, and we react with horror when confronted with a being from the outer edges of humanity.

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  4. Diana says:

    Here’s the website about the film…

    You can always request that they add you to their email list and inform you when they are going to appear at film festivals. Many film festivals will show trailers on their site but that depends if one has been made.

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  5. Randy says:

    go for the torrents, or solve the problem at

    randy —

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  6. ShUn-cMs says:

    The power of the documentaries/movies to feelings are so immense – it’s incredible. For exmaple a documentary of children in Africa (or any developing nations), suffuring from all kinds of diseases, the lives they have, where their parents are working in a sweatshop (or similar terrible condition factories) with few/mini wages to feed/support the family. To those in a developed nations (priviledged ones) will be very touched. However it’s our countries (rich devloped nations) that take advantages of these countries. Though from an economic point of view, with the idea of a free-market system, it is natural thing – ie, use any methods that will get profit… We are irrational creates that care about others, with hearts – hence, promotion of such documentaries (“educational”) are necessary for the future – to save our brothers and sisters.

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  7. Mike says:

    With the notes above, there is a showing at the San Rafael film center on Jan 8th – maybe as that date approaches you can ask the theater …

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