Private Project

Flowers from the Pyre

India shelters and cares for around 35 million children in need of care and protection (CNCP). All of these kids fall under the protection of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015. Being brought to the Child Welfare Committees (CWC) across the country, these children are sent to children’s homes - State run or otherwise. Here they find homes within the created communities, and many times through adoption or fostering, they find homes beyond these institutions - a home away from home.

A child, is a child, is a child, and their interpretations of life, relationships and society are quite unique, and certainly not something we should take for granted. Abandoned and exploited, under unknown circumstances and sometimes plain cruel circumstances, the children in these children’s homes bring a perspective of life that can leave us beyond anxious and sometimes with questions that truly are difficult to answer and comprehend.

Flowers From The Pyre explores the life inside a Children’s Home and in its own little way tries to tap onto the surface of the invisible population of India.

  • Ritika Banerjee
  • Ritika Banerjee
  • Ritika Banerjee
  • Ayushi Khare
    Subject Matter Expert
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 34 seconds
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Hindi
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Director Biography - Ritika Banerjee

Ritika Banerjee is currently pursuing her Masters of Design in film and video communication from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She is working on a feature length documentary about child rights in India that has been selected for a Ford Foundation Grant. She has previously worked as a Creative Executive for the video department at the Ramco Group Associate - ParentCircle, Chennai. Here she used her storytelling capabilities to create videos and short films for the parenting community in India. Her filmmaking journey began in 2017 as a Young India Fellow at Ashoka University. She looks forward to drawing out the nuances of human life through her filmmaking.

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