- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 21, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Vanguard Cinema
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English, Nepali
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
The Baghmati River that flows through Katmandu, Nepal, is a holy site held sacred by Hindus. It is also home to a large number of homeless children who live along its shores and scavenge from the funeral ceremonies held at nearby temples. This moving documentary from director Yi Seung-jun explores the children's harrowing lives and sheds light on one of the often overlooked casualties of global poverty: childhood innocence.
“Children of God” explores the life of the children who live beside the Baghmati River in Nepal - on the sacred grounds of a Hindu temple in Katmandu – an area forgotten and ignored by the world, but considered the holiest and most sacred to the Nepalese people. The children are undeterred by the daily cries and wailing from the daily funeral ceremonies; instead they rob the corpses for food and dive
into the river to grab coins used as funeral offerings by the mourners. Some risk their lives by begging while others fall prey to drugs and disease. The film exposes the social conditions of the suppressed Nepalese people through the plight of their children, where reverence for the old and dead far outweighs the care for the young and living. Experiencing their innocence and their hardship through songs, stories and heartbreaking living conditions, exposes the contradiction of the material world that rests upon perhaps the most spiritual culture on earth. Children of Nature will remind you of scenes from “Slumdog Millionaire” and is reminiscent of Charcoal People released by Vanguard Cinema.
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