At age eight, Lakshmi had to leave her tribal village. From the lush Sunderbans, her father brought her to the bustling city of Delhi to begin her new life, as a full-time domestic worker.
Though there are an estimated 4.2 million -50 million domestic workers in India who provide essential services in homes and for families; they are not recognized or protected as actual workers. Without the protection of the law, they face numerous hardships alone and in silence. “Crossing the River of Life” is a feature-length documentary that shatters this silence by exposing the daily difficulties these domestic workers face, the criminal dangers that threaten their lives, and what needs to be done to improve their situations.
The film explores these topics through the personal stories of three different women: Lakshmi, Rita and Bibyani.