Undeniably Powerful (Variety, US)
Profoundly Beautiful (The Gazette, Canada)
Haunting Documentary (Times Of India)
Children of the Pyre is a compelling real life self narrative of seven extraordinary children of Varanasi who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika the busiest cremation ground in India. Tempered by the heat of the pyre strengthened in the face of adversities crafted by the volley of abuses watch these imps weave through the pyres and struggle through disdain to snatch their livelihoods. This film is a terrible saga of exploitation that celebrates the victory of innocence over the most harrowing realities of life.
Rajesh S. Jala has been making films primarily documetaries for last 12 years. His films have been screened at international film festivals and have won a number of international and national awards. His acclaimed film Children of the Pre international and NGO to transform the lives of children working at different ghats of Banaras.
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