Filmed over three months through the monsoon, by award-winning film-maker Nick Read, we witness the bravery, resourcefulness and extraordinary resilience of these children, as they grow up long before they should. 7 year old Deepa works at the Bandra West traffic lights, selling flowers to passing motorists. She buys them at the flower market early in the morning, and spends the day trying to make a small profit - sometimes until late in the evening. She lives with her 3 brothers and grandmother in the Khardanda slum. Her father died in 2008 of an alcohol related disease, and her mother has effectively abandoned her children since then. Deepa is forced to work to help feed her younger siblings, and is often left in sole charge of her 2-year-old brother. Most of all she wants to return to school to become a doctor. 11 year old Salaam originally arrived in Mumbai from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest states. Like so many young runaways, he was fleeing domestic abuse - in his case his new stepmother was beating him for not working hard enough. He arrived at Victoria Station in the summer of 2009, but has yet to make it more than a hundred metres from the station perimeter. He soon fell in with a group of older boys, and resorted to begging and pickpocketing to survive. They introduced him to 'whitener' a toxic solvent that many of the boys sniff to help them deal with hunger. When he is not begging, Salaam travels on the trains by faredodging, going to see Bollywood movies and visiting the beach. 11 year old twins Hussan and Hussein live in the Pipeline slum, a ramshackle parade of makeshift squats balanced precariously on a 2 meter wide pipe - home to over 350 families. A rancid canal runs through the middle of the slum, where the twins wash, play and work. Here overcrowding, poverty and substance abuse turn homes into battlegrounds. The twins' family live in a space 3 metres by 4: their father is an alcoholic, their brother is on drugs. The twins left school several years earlier, and make a living by 'ragpicking', collecting rubbish to sell at the local recycling centre. Competition is stiff in the Pipeline slum, so Hussan and Hussein resort to diving into the canal to collect the detritus slum dwellers discard. On a good day they get 25p each for their endeavours. AwardsNominee - Television Bulldog Awards - Best Documentary - in 2011Nominee - 3 British Academy Craft Awards - Best Director, Photography and Editing - in 2011Winner - The Rory Peck Sony Professional Impact Award for Director, Nick Read - in 2010 "If the movie was shocking but uplifting, the real life documentary is every bit as affecting." - Krishnan Guru Murthy, The Independent. "...reveals the brutal reality of life on the streets and in the slums of Mumbai...a deeply moving portrait of the lives of India's real slumdogs." - TV Guide.
Slumdog Children of Mumbai
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Title from title frames.; In Process Record.
Originally produced by True Vision Productions in 2010.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Read, Nick, filmmaker