Smile Pinki - a 39-minute documentary by American director Megan Mylan - chronicles the story of eight-year-old Pinki's journey from being a social outcast in her village to her acceptance - and even deification - by society.
Smile Pinki is one of the four short documentaries nominated for the Academy Awards. Sponsored by a charity 'smile train' Dr. Singh from Varanasi found and operated on Pinki, to give her her smile back :) India has a backlog of more than a million people waiting with cleft lips and every year 35,000 new patients are born. Dr. Singh himself has done 13000 surgeries since 2004.
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