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Directed by Mira Nair

India 1988 114 mins.

Tender in its compassion for its young subjects and unflinching in its portrayal of the harsh realities of life on the streets of Bombay, Salaam Bombay! tells the story of Krishna, a young boy who must fend for himself as he struggles to earn 500 rupees to pay for his brother’s damaged bike. “A lively, strangely celebratory look at the resilience of India’s street children. It’s a savvy, sentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair, a documentarian who finds innocence and a harsh playfulness in this asphalt nursery.”—The Washington Post. Nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Rights provided by Park Circus, 35mm print provided by Harvard Film Archive.

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