When Smile Pinki won the Academy Award® for Best Short Subject Documentary in 2008, it brought much needed attention to the millions of children unable to afford cleft surgery in the developing world and the solution Smile Train offers. As Smile Train partner and Pinki’s surgeon Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh put it, “The patients started pouring in.”
10 years after the film’s historic Oscar® win, Dr. Singh, Director Megan Mylan, and Smile Train’s Vice President and Regional Director South Asia Mamta Carroll look back on the film and the effect it still has on people today. Watch to the film’s end for an update from Smile Pinki star Pinki Sonkar herself.
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