Just when I thought I had seen the worst conditions children could live in, along comes "Lucky Express."
This documentary follows a young man named Lucky, (he doesn't know his real name as he ran away from home at a very early age). He is searching for a way to become a filmmaker and also searching for his family. He doesn't even know where he lived.
The trains of India:
- There are over eleven million passengers that ride 15,000 trains.
- There are 39,450 miles of track.
- There are 7,000 stations.
- Over 120,000 children arrive on the platforms of train stations every year
- About 90% of the children engage in substance abuse, commonly glue-sniffing.
- It takes approximately twenty-minutes for a child to be approached by a predator.
- Children collecting bottles for a living makes about $4 per day.
- There are eighteen million children living on the streets of India, many are living on or near the platforms.
Into this environment, Anna Fischer, who is a Swedish filmmaker, has placed herself. Anna is a world traveler who now lives in India.
Anna and Lucky take the viewer from one side of the country to the other. Stopping at many stations to talk to the children of the platforms. Lucky interviews the children. They don't trust anyone, but at least Lucky speaks their language, he's been there. Anna has given him a camera and he was filming all along the way.
During the long trip, so much hopelessness is shown that it's surprising when a small amount of hope comes to light. There is a group called "Ruchika School Social Service." This group has brought an oasis to several of the train platforms. Many children don't want to go to the area that is set aside for the group because they would have to attend classes. There is also food. It's a good start, but much more is needed.
This documentary does its job, it teaches viewers about something that is of great importance. In a perfect world something could be done for all of these children, but that's not happening so they save who they can.
By donations, Lucky is going to film school. On the official website you can read about the years he's completed and how many he needs to finish his degree.
There is a link that leads to paypal where you have a chance to make the world a better place for one deserving young man.
"Lucky Express" should be shown in schools so kids in this country can see what needs to be done in the world. Not who to kill, but who to help.
Available now on Hula and Amazon. Also on other streaming sites.
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