Gandhi's Children

English (subtitled), 185 min, 2008, India

A shelter for children on the outskirts of Delhi provides food and accommodation for 350 boys. Some are orphans, others have been abandoned, still others have run away from home. About half are held under a court order, having been picked up from the streets for petty crimes. Living at the institution for several months, the filmmaker explores its routines and the varied experiences of several boys. Despite the harshness of their lives, many show remarkable strength of character, knowledge, and resilience. One day 181 child labourers arrive, placing additional strain on the building’s deteriorating facilities. The institution does what it can, but is it enough?

David MacDougall
Creative Crew
David MacDougall
David MacDougall
David MacDougall
Awards and Screenings:

Winner of the Grand Prize, Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 2009
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film, Asia Pacific Film Awards, 2009
Selected Screenings:
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, 2008
London International Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Jean Rouch Film Festival, Paris, 2009
Munich International Documentary Film Festival (DOK.FEST), 2009
Freiburg FilmForum, 2009
Beeld voor Beeld, Amsterdam, 2009
Ethnocineca, Vienna, 2009
Days of Ethnographic Films, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2009
Brisbane International Film Festival, 2009
Royal Anthropological Institute International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2009
Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2010