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Smile Pinki

The Academy Award®-winning story of a little girl, her father, and how one smile can change the world.

Smile Pinki, Academy Award® winning best documentary short subject (2008), is the heartwarming and true story of a brave little girl named Pinki who waited six long years for life-changing cleft surgery.

When Pinki was born with a severe cleft lip, everyone in her village was surprised. They had never seen anyone with an untreated cleft before. With no education and unable to read or write, Pinki's parents had no idea that their daughter’s cleft could be treated.
But one day, a social worker told Pinki’s parents about a free cleft treatment program for the poor. Pinki and her father set off on foot, to find Smile Train’s local partner hospital in Benares, India, that would ultimately give Pinki not just a new smile, but a second chance at life.
Watch this real-world fairytale unfold.