Prisons are for punishment. And as part of the price they pay, incarcerated mothers lose the right to bring up their children in the outside world. In India, children can accompany their mothers in prison till they are six. The film explores the trials and tribulations of such children who are living the first phase of their life inside the Special Prison for women, Hyderabad, India. As the jail organizes a school and attempts to educate the children to reverse the cycle of crime and misery, children learn their own lessons of life and moral ambiguity. The film offers a passage into the lost world of children living inside prison walls for no fault of their own and their tentative journey to make sense of it despite the odds.
Malati Rao has directed, written and produced fiction and documentary films. She is the recipient of the Margaret McNamara award from the World Bank family network for her thesis film. Her television work, including Hospital- the first reality series on Indian TV- has been broadcast on BBC World and Star TV. Her films include one feature length and three short documentaries that have been screened on public television in india. Handmade in India, a film on the indigenous craft tradition in the country won a special mention at the Mumbai International Women’s Film Festival 2014. Malati holds an MFA degree in Film and Media arts from Temple University, Philadelphia and an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Malati has taught graduate courses in film and screenwriting in India and the US.