Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pinki's Beautiful Smile

I just stumbled on an amazing documentary called Smile Pinki by Megan Mylan.  It was heartbreaking in parts but so moving and uplifting.

Have you heard of it?

The documentary follows a young Indian girl and boy, Pinki Sonkar and Ghutaru Chauhan, as Pinki's cleft lip and Ghutaru's cleft palate are repaired. The film was commissioned and funded by the American charity Smile Train, a group that pays local doctors in 75 developing countries to perform the simple surgery that parents of such children rarely know is possible.

The documentary won an Academy Award and as a result of the accolades that the movie received, not only did the charity benefit but the two beautiful kids in the movie benefited also.  Pinki's family got a new house, and her village was given a new well for potable water.  Both have also received scholarships to better schools.

With so much hardship in the world, it's great to see the work of these amazing groups helping children around the world.  

Here's the trailer:


  1. thanks for this.....

    it's good to be humbled every now and again, huh?!?


  2. It makes me feel good to know that there are so many wonderful and caring people in the world.

  3. I've heard about this, but haven't seen it. Thank you for reminding me about it. Humbles me...

  4. Katie t - So true. I felt so humbled by the work of these great doctors.

    Coco - I know exactly what you mean, it made me feel so good to know that there are great organizations and people doing this work.

    Chris - You're welcome and me too! :)

  5. Yet again - something to put my own children's challenges into perspective...