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School Bd/College/University DVD: $375


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 28 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1996
Available in French: No

Shown at eight international film festivals, Ajit is a close-up view of an eight-year-old boy who works as a domestic in a middle class Calcutta household. It brings home to the viewer the realities of childhood among the impoverished in underdeveloped countries. Good looking and affable, Ajit captures the viewers hearts. He is shown at his endless daily tasks - sweeping, cleaning, laundry, caring for his employer's children. There is not time for school in his life. Yet, surprisingly, Ajit feels fortunate, for in this household he is given ample food as his wages. In the countryside where he was one of nine children, he was often hungry. Beautifully filmed by a rising young Indian filmmaker, Ajit makes its social statement with quiet charm.