Powerful Project: Shanti Bhavan School India
Being part of India’s Dalit caste — also known as the “untouchable” caste — negatively impacts your prospects, no matter your gender. Yet, as Netflix’s documentary Daughters Of Destiny shows, many Dalit women pursuing education have much more at stake than their male counterparts. The four-part docuseries from Academy Award-winner Vanessa Roth premiered July 28 and follows five girls who attend the Shanti Bhavan school in India. Founded by Indian-American Dr. Abraham George, Shanti Bhavan is a school dedicated to raising children of the Dalit caste out of poverty through education. And while these children face hardships — and will continue to even after graduation — Daughters Of Destiny also highlights how profoundly important educating girls is to breaking the poverty cycle.